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Royal College of Physicians of Ireland welcomes increase in numbers of Postgraduate Training Places

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The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland welcomes the increase in Postgraduate Training Places and in the number of intern places from July 2021 announced by the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, today.  

The additional training posts will further expand the opportunities for doctors in Ireland and will help to address the issues now facing the health system in dealing with non-COVID illness and improve patient care.

RCPI also welcomes the permanent establishment of 55 one-year Post CSCST Fellowships that will further enhance the training and skills of specialist trainees. 

RCPI President, Prof Mary Horgan said: “This is very welcome news. It is essential to continue to scale up the number of doctors in our health service throughout Ireland, particularly as we face the continuing significant and ongoing challenges for the delivery of healthcare here. Opening up wider training opportunities also helps to bring additional skills and opportunities for doctors to further develop their careers and will benefit the delivery of high-quality patient care.

“The permanent establishment of the 1 year CSCST Fellowships, which can be taken up by doctors who have completed their specialist training, will also help to retain their skills in the Irish health system” Prof Horgan said.

Further details of these new position will be announced shortly. For updates see our website.