‘Everything was just getting worse and worse’: deteriorating job quality as a driver of doctor emigration from Ireland

Research on doctor emigration and retention published by RCPI

Deteriorating job quality and the normalisation of extreme working is driving doctor emigration from Ireland and deterring return

A  paper published by RCPI in BMC Human Resources for Health in December 2019 has added to the weight of evidence showing that deterioration in medical job quality and normalisation of extreme working is a key driver of doctor emigration from Ireland, and deterring return.

Entitled ‘Everything was just getting worse and worse’: deteriorating job quality as a driver of doctor emigration from Ireland, the paper considers how the normalisation of extreme working is driving doctor emigration.

Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with 40 Irish emigrant doctors in Australia who had emigrated from Ireland since 2008. The interviews were conducted by our researcher Niamh Humphries in July–August 2018.