Irish health service most reliant on foreign-trained doctors

The number of doctors registered with the Medical Council has reached an all-time high of over 19,000, according to a new report.

Yet the Irish health service depends on foreign-trained doctors to a greater extent than in any other OECD country and has a relatively low number of doctors by international standards, according to the report published by the council.

Pakistan is the country where the greatest number of foreign-trained staff qualified, with 1,238 doctors working in Ireland, according to the Medical Workforce Intelligence Report. The other main source countries are South Africa, the UK, Sudan, India and Nigeria.

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