The Government has proposed amendments to regulations for doctors qualifying in the UK to be eligible to take medical intern posts in Ireland and offer them a pathway to registration on the General Division of International Doctors.
The move has been welcomed by Tipp TD Martin Browne who expressed concern about the shortage of doctors working in Ireland.
He noted that so far this year 402 visas were issued to Irish doctors by the Australian Emigration authorities.
This figure was 272 in 2019.
He also expressed concerns about the operation of the Minor Injuries unit in Cashel as at times there was no doctor available to work in the facility earlier this year.
Deputy Browne is calling on the Government to act to retain health professionals that have qualified here by showing appreciation for their service and accepting that the housing crisis was a motivating factor for some to leave Ireland.