Sunday 25 February 2018

Medical interns 'are being left unsupervised'

Newly qualified medical graduates who are working their intern year in hospitals are not receiving proper supervision by senior medics throughout their training, according to a new inspection report.

These interns should be supervised for patient safety reasons as well as safeguarding the quality of their training.

However, an inspection by the Medical Council expressed concern at the failure to fully supervise these young doctors.

The report on medical education, training and practice in Ireland found interns were also not always receiving thorough site inductions.

The report said the council made it clear to hospitals that when there were deficiencies it expected them to be tackled. It will re-inspect any time it believes it is necessary.

Irish Independent

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