Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

  • receive the eCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz. is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.

Increase in NCHD training places ‘not possible’ before July – Department

By Mindo - 11th Jun 2020 | 33 views

It will “not be possible” to increase NCHD training places for the July changeover, a Department of Health spokesperson has told the Medical Independent (MI) this afternoon.

Under the Medical Practitioners Act 2007, the approval of training places rests with HSE National Doctors Training and Planning, which proposes annually the number to the Medical Council, noted the Department spokesperson. 

“It would not be possible to increase the number in the timeframe to July. It is intended to increase the number of training places and reduce non-training places in future years. This will require additional funding.”

Earlier this week the IMO reiterated its call for additional training places for NCHDs as the July changeover draws nearer. The issue has been raised during a recent meeting the union had with Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Speaking to MI on 10 June, IMO Industrial Relations Officer Mr Paul Maier said there was “a fortuitous moment” for the health service if it wanted to retain doctors and stem the “brain drain” of recent years.

Many doctors are not now taking up training positions and fellowships abroad in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and Mr Maier referred to “anecdotal reports” of more doctors than training positions.

Mr Maier said “there is a tremendous opportunity to make sure these doctors stay in Ireland”. He said the IMO has “for years” said there were not enough doctors in the system and retention would be particularly important to deal with a potential resurgence of Covid-19.

He said the IMO was opposed to the growth in service posts without a training component.

Leave a Reply

Latest Issue
The Medical Independent 30th May 2022

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read