Elaine Byrne: Culture of medical emigration bleeds us of funds and consultants

Irish taxpayers spend €90 million every year to educate doctors – many of whom emigrate and never return

According to a tweet by the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) earlier this month, there are 918 permanent consultant posts either vacant or filled on a temporary or agency basis in Ireland.

That figure is almost 10 per cent higher than the 837 vacant or temporarily filled posts in March 2022. The March figure itself represented an increase of 15 per cent in less than a year. The IHCA has repeatedly pointed to this high ...