Statement of Support for International Doctors in Ireland
May 27th, 2023
Ireland has a disproportionate reliance on international doctors (doctors who received their primary medical degree outside of Ireland) to fill non-training junior doctor posts. These doctors are recruited to primarily to fill service posts with little or no access to training – a practice which is in direct contravention of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.1
Irish Medical Council data 2 shows that while International Medical Graduates (IMGs) make up more than a third (35.2%) of doctors clinically active in Ireland, 58.8% of those on the general division are IMGs and only 15.9% on the Trainee Specialist Division are IMGs.
The European Junior Doctors Association (EJD) supports the Irish Medical Organisation in their mandated advocacy towards the following:
● the need for fair and equitable access to internship and training schemes for those international doctors who trained in Irish medical schools,
● enabling international doctors who trained outside of Ireland, and who meet the standards and requirements, and who hold stamp 4 status, to apply for higher specialist training,
● significantly increase the number of approved training posts for Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs) and to ensure that all NCHDs have a structured pathway to specialist practice.
● Recruitment of trainees should be based on open competition, merit and transparency of process.
2 Irish Medical Council (2021) Workforce Intelligence Report page 30
You might also enjoy
Resolution: Framework for Action on the Health and Care Workforce in the WHO European Region 2023–2030
At the 73rd Regional Committee for Europe held in Astana, 24–26 October 2023, the 53 countries in the Region unanimously adopted a Resolution in support of a new Framework for Action on the Health and Care Workforce.
Policy on Violence Against Doctors
Adopted at the General Assembly in Murcia, Spain, on 27 September 2023.
EJD Statement of support to the Polish Medical Chamber on upholding medical education quality training standards amidst the surge of new medical schools
Adopted at the Autumn Meeting - General Assembly 2023 in Murcia, Spain.