Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Ceisteanna (1504)

Michael Ring

Ceist:

1504. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to plans by the HSE to cut the number of newly qualified doctors (details supplied) from July 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14456/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Over the past number of weeks, my Department and the HSE have been reviewing the option to increase the number of medical intern places for July 2021.

I have announced an increase of 120 medical intern posts for July 2021. The increase in the number of intern places will be supported with accompanying increases in postgraduate training places, to ensure these doctors can avail of the next step in the training pathway following completion of an internship.

The six Intern Training Networks, that organise and oversee intern training in Ireland, are responsible for the allocation of intern posts within their particular networks. The networks have now been informed of the additional intern posts for July 2021, and will allocate the additional posts appropriately.