Saturday 18 November 2017

Action long overdue on halting junior doctor exodus

Junior doctors are the journeymen and women of the Irish health service and without them hospitals would grind to a halt. There are currently around 4,910 employed in our hospitals and the gruelling working hours that many face have long been documented.

Comments by Dr Sam Coulter-Smith, master of the Rotunda maternity hospital in Dublin, that the pool of quality doctors has been reduced are echoed by many other senior figures in the health service.

The exodus of so many Irish educated doctors to hospitals in countries like Australia and the United States has impacted on the numbers available to work here.

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