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Ireland sees massive emigration of doctors to Australia

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: (Published 13 February 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p349
  1. Muiris Houston
  1. Galway

A measure of the extent of emigration of young Irish doctors is that 62 of 77 medical students from University College Cork who graduated in 2021 are currently practising in Australia. In a recent post on Twitter, one of them, Rory Holohan (@rory_holohan), said, “A sign of the times is that a lot of my friends were talking about Perth/Melbourne even from fourth year (in medical school)”

A 2020 medical graduate from University College Galway told The BMJ that about 70% of recently qualified doctors from the college were now working in Australia. UCG graduates work mainly in Perth, Western Australia, while most Cork …

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