A cycle of brain gain, waste and drain - a qualitative study of non-EU migrant doctors in Ireland

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/306887
Title:
A cycle of brain gain, waste and drain - a qualitative study of non-EU migrant doctors in Ireland
Authors:
Humphries, Niamh; Tyrrell, Ella; McAleese, Sara; Bidwell, Posy; Thomas, Steve; Normand, Charles; Brugha, Ruairi
Citation:
Human Resources for Health. 2013 Dec 09;11(1):63
Journal:
Human resources for health
Issue Date:
9-Dec-2013
URI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1478-4491-11-63; http://hdl.handle.net/10147/306887
Abstract:
Abstract Background Ireland is heavily reliant on non-EU migrant health workers to staff its health system. Shortages of locally trained health workers and policies which facilitate health worker migration have contributed to this trend. This paper provides insight into the experiences of non-EU migrant doctors in the Irish health workforce. Method In-depth interviews were conducted with 37 non-EU migrant doctors in Ireland in 2011/2012. Results Respondents believed they had been recruited to fill junior hospital doctor ‘service’ posts. These posts are unpopular with locally trained doctors due to the limited career progression they provide. Respondents felt that their hopes for career progression and postgraduate training in Ireland had gone unrealised and that they were becoming de-skilled. As a result, most respondents were actively considering onward migration from Ireland. Discussion & conclusions Failure to align the expectations of non-EU migrant doctors with the requirements of the health system has resulted in considerable frustration and a cycle of brain gain, waste and drain. The underlying reasons for high mobility into and out of the Irish medical workforce must be addressed if this cycle is to be broken. The heavy reliance on non-EU migrant doctors to staff the medical workforce has distracted from the underlying workforce challenges facing the Irish medical workforce.
Language:
en
Keywords:
MEDICAL STAFF; EMPLOYMENT

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHumphries, Niamhen_GB
dc.contributor.authorTyrrell, Ellaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcAleese, Saraen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBidwell, Posyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Steveen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNormand, Charlesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBrugha, Ruairien_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-16T14:44:47Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-16T14:44:47Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-09-
dc.identifier.citationHuman Resources for Health. 2013 Dec 09;11(1):63en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1478-4491-11-63-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/306887-
dc.description.abstractAbstract Background Ireland is heavily reliant on non-EU migrant health workers to staff its health system. Shortages of locally trained health workers and policies which facilitate health worker migration have contributed to this trend. This paper provides insight into the experiences of non-EU migrant doctors in the Irish health workforce. Method In-depth interviews were conducted with 37 non-EU migrant doctors in Ireland in 2011/2012. Results Respondents believed they had been recruited to fill junior hospital doctor ‘service’ posts. These posts are unpopular with locally trained doctors due to the limited career progression they provide. Respondents felt that their hopes for career progression and postgraduate training in Ireland had gone unrealised and that they were becoming de-skilled. As a result, most respondents were actively considering onward migration from Ireland. Discussion & conclusions Failure to align the expectations of non-EU migrant doctors with the requirements of the health system has resulted in considerable frustration and a cycle of brain gain, waste and drain. The underlying reasons for high mobility into and out of the Irish medical workforce must be addressed if this cycle is to be broken. The heavy reliance on non-EU migrant doctors to staff the medical workforce has distracted from the underlying workforce challenges facing the Irish medical workforce.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectMEDICAL STAFFen_GB
dc.subjectEMPLOYMENTen_GB
dc.titleA cycle of brain gain, waste and drain - a qualitative study of non-EU migrant doctors in Irelanden_GB
dc.identifier.journalHuman resources for healthen_GB
dc.language.rfc3066en-
dc.rights.holderNiamh Humphries et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.-
dc.description.statusPeer Reviewed-
dc.date.updated2013-12-13T04:04:11Z-
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