Irish health service most reliant on foreign-trained doctors

Number of doctors registered hits record high, Medical Council report finds

Caring for growth: More than 19,000 doctors are are registered with the Medical Council, an all-time high. Illustration: Thinkstock

Caring for growth: More than 19,000 doctors are are registered with the Medical Council, an all-time high. Illustration: Thinkstock

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.

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