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Ireland lacking doctor numbers

12 Dec 2014

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Ireland has been found to have the fourth lowest number of practising doctors in Europe, according to a new report.

‘Health at a Glance: Europe 2014′, released last week jointly by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission, put the number of doctors in Ireland at 2.7 per 1,000 population. This figure was just above Slovenia (2.5), Romania (2.5) and Poland (2.2).

In contrast, Greece has 6.2 doctors per 1,000, followed by Austria (4.9), Lithuania (4.4), Portugal (4.1) and Germany (4.0).

The report found the average number of doctor consultations per person per year in the EU to be 6.3: Ireland is fourth lowest in this table, at just 3.8. In terms of the estimated number of consultations per doctor, Ireland again is fourth lowest with 1,224 — the EU average is 1,958.

Dara Gantly

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times