“Cautious welcome” for a new policy on non-European doctors

A surgical registrar at Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise said the introduction of a recognized training path for physicians from outside the EU and EEA to train as consultants could result in the maintaining more doctors in the health service.

Until now, EU or EEA citizens have had preferential access to specialized training venues, but Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said that policy will now come to an end.

The Irish Medical Organization (IMO), which has campaigned on the issue of training pathways for international doctors, has reserved the announcement of the policy change “with a warm welcome.”

Dr Naveed Abbas, chairman of the IMO’s NCHD International Doctors Group, told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the decision will allow doctors from outside the EU to apply for a training position under conditions equivalent to those doctors from the EU.

However, he said that in order to access the consultant program, they must first work in the system for five years without any training supervision.

He said obstacles also remain for non-EU doctors to be fully qualified as consultants.

Dr Abbas said that like many other young doctors, he came to Ireland from Pakistan ten years ago following a recruitment drive to attract international doctors.

He said many doctors had come but there was no “well thought out plan to access training.”

He said more change was needed to discourage people from leaving Ireland and to successfully fill the hundreds of vacant consultant positions.

Dr Abbas said a pandemic bonus would be “a nice gesture” for many hospital workers, but said additional annual leave, while deserved, would be more difficult to obtain.

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