Medical Council Chief Executive Mr Bill Prasifka has described this past year as “a very productive period” for the Council, and its recently-published annual report for 2016 shows that the medical register is at its highest ever number, with over 21,700 doctors registered to practise in Ireland.

With all the talk of a medical recruitment and retention crisis, it may seem strange that the medical register has reached a record peak. But speaking to the Medical Independent (MI) last week, Mr Prasifka said this is as a result of a number of different trends.

“But then there are a lot of doctors who are coming in. The one thing that really strikes me is that there is a great demand for doctors in Ireland; we know anecdotally and in reality that there are a lot of posts that are unfilled, there are gaps in particular in the GP services around the country.

“So there is a great need for doctors. But also indicated by the figures is the continuing increase in the number of doctors coming in from outside the EU. It is a combination of a great deal of demand and people coming in to the country.”

Concerns over consultant posts in public hospitals being filled by non-specialist doctors was recently raised by the IHCA. Speaking last month, IHCA Secretary General Mr Martin Varley said the consultant recruitment crisis has created this issue.

Medical Council Chief Executive Mr Bill Prasifka has described this past year as “a very productive period” for the Council, and its recently-published annual report for 2016 shows that the medical register is at its highest ever number, with over 21,700 doctors registered to practise in Ireland.

With all the talk of a medical recruitment and retention crisis, it may seem strange that the medical register has reached a record peak. But speaking to the Medical Independent (MI) last week, Mr Prasifka said this is as a result of a number of different trends.

“But then there are a lot of doctors who are coming in. The one thing that really strikes me is that there is a great demand for doctors in Ireland; we know anecdotally and in reality that there are a lot of posts that are unfilled, there are gaps in particular in the GP services around the country.

“So there is a great need for doctors. But also indicated by the figures is the continuing increase in the number of doctors coming in from outside the EU. It is a combination of a great deal of demand and people coming in to the country.”

Concerns over consultant posts in public hospitals being filled by non-specialist doctors was recently raised by the IHCA. Speaking last month, IHCA Secretary General Mr Martin Varley said the consultant recruitment crisis has created this issue.

Medical Council Chief Executive Mr Bill Prasifka has described this past year as “a very productive period” for the Council, and its recently-published annual report for 2016 shows that the medical register is at its highest ever number, with over 21,700 doctors registered to practise in Ireland.

With all the talk of a medical recruitment and retention crisis, it may seem strange that the medical register has reached a record peak. But speaking to the Medical Independent (MI) last week, Mr Prasifka said this is as a result of a number of different trends.

“But then there are a lot of doctors who are coming in. The one thing that really strikes me is that there is a great demand for doctors in Ireland; we know anecdotally and in reality that there are a lot of posts that are unfilled, there are gaps in particular in the GP services around the country.

“So there is a great need for doctors. But also indicated by the figures is the continuing increase in the number of doctors coming in from outside the EU. It is a combination of a great deal of demand and people coming in to the country.”

Concerns over consultant posts in public hospitals being filled by non-specialist doctors was recently raised by the IHCA. Speaking last month, IHCA Secretary General Mr Martin Varley said the consultant recruitment crisis has created this issue.

Medical Council Chief Executive Mr Bill Prasifka has described this past year as “a very productive period” for the Council, and its recently-published annual report for 2016 shows that the medical register is at its highest ever number, with over 21,700 doctors registered to practise in Ireland.

With all the talk of a medical recruitment and retention crisis, it may seem strange that the medical register has reached a record peak. But speaking to the Medical Independent (MI) last week, Mr Prasifka said this is as a result of a number of different trends.

“But then there are a lot of doctors who are coming in. The one thing that really strikes me is that there is a great demand for doctors in Ireland; we know anecdotally and in reality that there are a lot of posts that are unfilled, there are gaps in particular in the GP services around the country.

“So there is a great need for doctors. But also indicated by the figures is the continuing increase in the number of doctors coming in from outside the EU. It is a combination of a great deal of demand and people coming in to the country.”

Concerns over consultant posts in public hospitals being filled by non-specialist doctors was recently raised by the IHCA. Speaking last month, IHCA Secretary General Mr Martin Varley said the consultant recruitment crisis has created this issue.