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Number of doctors registered at highest level for a decade

This is according to the Medical Council 2014 Annual Report published today.

During the year, approximately 1,800 doctors registered with the Medical Council for the first time, while a further 900 exited the register.

The report also shows 43 doctors were supported by the Medical Council’s health committee to continue in practice during illness and 113 anatomy donations were made to medical schools in Ireland throughout the year.

“While it’s positive for the health system that the number of doctors on the register has increased, the focus needs to be on retaining these doctors and making Ireland a desirable place to work,” said Medical Council CEO, Ms Caroline Spillane.

“Our Council will continue to work with educators and the wider health system to look at why so many doctors are planning to leave and how we can curtail this trend.”

The Annual Report also documents the first survey of all trainee doctors in the country, ‘Your Training Counts’. Data shows that only half of trainee doctors (54 per cent) intend to practise medicine in Ireland for the foreseeable future, with one in five (21 per cent) not intending to practise here and a further one in four (25 per cent) undecided.

  1. Dr Mark Towers on June 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

    This article has a sloppy headline. Just because a doctor is registered with the Irish Medical Council doesn’t mean that they are working in Ireland. At least Caroline Spillane knows the difference even if the Medical Independent’s subeditor doesn’t.

  2. Dr George FitzGerald on June 10, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Who can blame young bright doctors for leaving a dysfunctional , indifferent system that hasn’t changed much in the last 30 years – and looks upon them as a human resource to be exploited… much as we older Docs were when we were in Hospitals and are currently in GP land by an indifferent , disconnected HSE & DoH.

    Ireland’s loss is Canada, the US and New Zealnd and Australia’s gain … And all the other countries worth migrating to.. pity we can’t all leave … !
    maybe those that can, should.

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