Irish Medical Organisation

Health Services in Crisis

OECD report confirms that 1 in 5 Irish emigrants is leaving from the health / social work sectors

Tuesday 15th September 2015.  A major OECD report on the Irish economy out today has revealed that 20% of people emigrating from this country are leaving jobs in the health / social work sectors.  The figure is revealed in the OECD Economic Survey of Ireland published today (Tues 15th). 

Speaking today, Dr. Ray Walley, President of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) said that the figures reflected the level of crisis now evident across the Irish health services; “these are shocking figures which confirm the extent of the manpower crisis in our health services.  People are literally being driven to emigrate from this country because of the chaos and crisis in the health services.”

Dr. Walley said that the number of people leaving the health services was the key test for the Government’s health policy; “people are leaving health service jobs and vacancies are now routinely attracting zero applicants.  This is placing even more pressure on those professionals left behind which is creating a cycle of despair.  We need to tackle this situation urgently and comprehensively.  This cannot be left waiting till after the next election.”

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