Recruitment of overseas doctors fails

Efforts to recruit doctors from overseas to ease the manpower crisis in Irish hospitals have failed, with the Medical Council registering a 20 per cent drop in applications last year.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
8th January, 2011

Efforts to recruit doctors from overseas to ease the manpower crisis in Irish hospitals have failed, with the Medical Council registering a 20 per cent drop in applications last year.

In 2010, the council received 520 applications from junior doctors who qualified outside Ireland, compared to 650 in 2009.

The health service is grappling with a sizeable shortage of non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) and embarked on an international recruitment campaign last year.

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