Doctor Retention in Ireland - What it may mean for the Global Health Workforce Reform Agenda; Comment on “Doctor Retention: A Cross-sectional Study of How Ireland Has Been Losing the Battle”

Document Type : Commentary


Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa


The study of healthcare personnel migration in Ireland reports that most medical graduates plan to leave the country’s health system. It may be possible to address this challenge by understanding and addressing the reasons why young doctors plan to leave. Future studies should contribute to the retention of early career doctors in high-income countries such as Ireland. This will help reduce the migration of doctors from low- and middle-income countries in order to address the global health workforce crisis and its impact on the attainment of universal health coverage in all health systems.


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Volume 10, Issue 10
October 2021
Pages 647-649
  • Receive Date: 21 May 2020
  • Revise Date: 06 July 2020
  • Accept Date: 06 July 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 October 2021