20,473 Doctors on the Medical Register
Yesterday, we published the Medical Council Annual Report for 2015 along with the fourth Medical Workforce Intelligence Report. This annual report outlines the work of the Medical Council in areas such as registration, medical education and training and the handling of complaints about doctors. This year’s report shows that at the end of 2015 there were 20, 473 doctors on the medical register which is the highest number ever. This of course is very positive and with our improved registration portal, 99% of doctors are managing and retaining their registration online.
The Medical Workforce Intelligence Report gives a detailed overview of doctor’ practice in Ireland, including the exit rates of doctors, the density of doctors in Ireland per county data and the globalisation of the workforce. I found it particularly interesting that although males continue to dominate the medical profession as a whole, since we began collating this data, there have been more Irish female graduates entering the medical profession than their male counterparts. The majority of those on the register between the ages of 30 - 44 are female; however from 44 years and on the number of females on the register begins to decrease and this definitely poses some questions for the health sector. The Medical Workforce Intelligence report also provides useful data on practitioner density in Ireland; for instance we know that Galway, Westmeath and Waterford counties have the highest density of GPs per 100,000 whereas Meath, Kilkenny and Leitrim have the lowest.
At the Medical Council we are in a very unique position which gives us the opportunity to share this high-quality medical workforce intelligence with policy-makers, health planners, representative groups and all those involved in the future planning of Ireland’s healthcare service. Through this we aim to enhance the capacity and capability to effectively plan, develop and maintain a strong and sustainable medical workforce which responds to a changing healthcare landscape and better enables doctors to fulfil their potential to meet the public’s needs.
We, at the Medical Council, hope to continue to provide and share this vital data with our partner organisations with the fundamental aim of ensuring safe and good quality care to members of the public.
- Bill Prasifka