Health service depends on immigrants

Government reforms in the healthcare education sector mask serious shortages. Up to 60 per cent of staff in some major hospitals now come from abroad, writes Aileen O’Meara.

4th February, 2006

Government reforms in the healthcare education sector mask serious shortages. Up to 60 per cent of staff in some major hospitals now come from abroad, writes Aileen O’Meara.

The government’s commitment last week to reform the education of the country’s doctors, and expand the number of medical training places has not come a day too soon.

As serious doctor shortages loom in general practice, and more hospital consultants posts become...

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