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Medical Council Launches Your Training Counts Report on Career and Retention Intentions

82% of those considering leaving Ireland cited understaffing as the primary driver

The Medical Council has today (21 July 2016) published its 2015 Your Training Counts report on the career intentions of trainee doctors.

Your Training Counts, the annual national trainee experience survey, is designed and delivered by the Medical Council and aims to support the continuous improvement of the quality of postgraduate medical training in Ireland. This is the second year of data published on the career and retention intentions of trainee doctors in Ireland

Findings from the report include:

  • 58% of trainees see themselves practising in Ireland for the foreseeable future, up 4% on last year;
  • 20% of trainees intend to either definitely not (7%), or probably not (13%), practise medicine in Ireland for the foreseeable future;
  • Intern trainees were most likely to say they did not intend to practise in Ireland for the foreseeable future (27%);
  • The 3 largest influences on trainee intent to leave medical practice in Ireland were, understaffing in the workplace (82%), carrying out too many non-core tasks (75%), and limited career progression opportunities (72%);
  • Trainees who were bullied during training were more likely than those who were not to say they were leaving medical practise in Ireland;
  • The UK (30%), Australia (21%), and Canada (21%) were the most frequently mentioned destinations for trainees with intentions to practise elsewhere.

Speaking about the report findings Professor Freddie Wood said: “Doctors in training are the future of our health service and it is absolutely essential that their voices are heard. Increasing numbers are emigrating in search of work elsewhere and the health sector therefore has to address the issues highlighted in the survey.”

Medical Council CEO Bill Prasifka said: “82% of trainees who reported that they were considering practising medicine abroad said they were going to leave because their workplace was understaffed. Although we are acutely aware that this is an ongoing issue within the Irish Health service, it is our aim to ensure this information is highlighted across the health sector to ensure that proportionate and targeted actions are taken in key areas requiring reform in order to address the problems and enhance the quality of training for these doctors.”

He went on to say: “These findings are extremely useful as they will complement the quantitative information detailed in the Medical Council’s annual Medical Workforce Intelligence Report which we look forward to launching later this year.”

The Medical Workforce Intelligence report, which provides a detailed overview of doctors’ practice in Ireland, and includes data on the exit rates of doctors in Ireland will be published in the coming weeks.

The Your Training Counts 2016 survey is now open for trainees. To take part in this year's survey and have your say in the trainee experience go to: