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Medical Workforce Data

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 15 December 2015

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Questions (375)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

375. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the number of physicians per 1,000 population for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44721/15]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The figures requested by the Deputy are set out with the following table.

Year

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Variable

Unit

Professionally active physicians

Density per 1,000 population

3.01

3.08

3.24

3.16

3.06

3.04*

Source of data: Medical Council of Ireland.

Notes:

1) In an attempt to estimate for professionally active physicians, figures refer to all persons with addresses in the Republic of Ireland (i.e. excludes physicians working abroad), aged under 70 years old, who have entered and maintained their name as fully registered doctors in the Register of Medical Practitioners, regardless of the area in which they are engaged or whether or not they are practising medicine. Registration is a pre-requisite for practice in Ireland.

2)*Break in time series in 2014: From 2014, data refer to doctors registered with the Medical Council of Ireland who, in the last 12 months, have declared themselves active and who have worked in Ireland either full or part-time.

Professionally active physicians include practising physicians and other physicians for whom their medical education is a prerequisite for the execution of the job.

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