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Most young doctors are female while most older doctors are male

Over one in every three doctors working here qualified outside of Ireland.

MOST DOCTORS UNDER the age of 35 are women.

A Medical Council report has revealed that 62 per cent of 25 to 34-year-old Irish graduates are female, while women also make up the majority of Irish graduated doctors aged 35 to 44 years at 53 per cent.

It’s a stark contrast to doctors over 65 years with women in the minority – at just 18 per cent.

The findings also show that that Ireland ranks 13 of 28 OECD countries for the proportion of practising physicians, with three practising doctors per 1,000 of the population. This compares with 2.5 and 2.8 doctors per 1,000 population in the US and UK respectively.

Over one in every three doctors working here qualified outside of Ireland. While one in 10 of those qualified from countries identified by the World Health Organisation as having a critical shortage of health workers.

After those above retirement age, the highest proportion of doctors withdrawing from the register are under 40.

Doctors training to be consultants are the least likely to exit the register, while doctors in the general division are most likely to exit the register.


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Amy Croffey

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