Written Answers - Medical Training

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 757 No. 1

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  665.  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly   if he will outline planned changes to general practitioners training programmes in order to fast-track training; the institutions that will be responsible for this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10769/12]

  669.  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   asked the Minister for Health  Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly   the number of training places available for general practitioners in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; the funding available for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10782/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Róisín Shortall): Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  I propose to take Questions Nos. 665 and 669 together.

At present, doctors who wish to pursue a career in General Practice must obtain a place on a 4 year vocational training course. Time spent on hospital rotation is not recognised for this purpose. “Fast track” training refers to a potential programme for doctors who have already gained some of the required hospital rotation experience through General Professional Training and who now wish to become GPs, but do not have access to GP Specialist training. No such programme currently exists in Ireland but the HSE is working with the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) to develop such a training programme. It is envisaged that fast track training will be managed and delivered through the existing bodies that provide GP training.

In addition, the HSE and ICGP have reached agreement on an alternative route to specialist registration for doctors who have extensive experience in General Practice, but who lack some component of training to become eligible for specialist registration as a General Practitioner. Details of this “practice based assessment model” were published on the ICGP website in September 2011. The ICGP has advertised for personnel to implement the alternative model and this recruitment process is ongoing.

In 2009, there were 120 general practice postgraduate training places available. In 2010, that number was increased to 157. Funding for GP training nationally is €19.5m.

The details of the GP trainee places from 2009 to the present, broken down by HSE Region, are set out in the tables below:

[345]HSE South

Programme Places 2009 Extra places July 2010 Current-2012 Program total
Cork 10 2 12
Kerry 6 2 8
S/E (Waterford) 10 2 12
Totals 26 6 32

HSE Dublin N.E

Programme Places 2009 Extra places July 2010 Current-2012 Program total
North Inner City 0 12 12
N/E. (Navan/Cavan) 10 4 14
Dublin N/E RCSI 8 1 9
Totals 18 17 35

HSE Dublin Mid Leinster

Programme Places 2009 Extra places July 2010 Current-2012 Program total
Mid Leinster/UCD 9 3 12
Mid Lnstr (Tmore, Naas Ptlse) 16 4 20
TCD 12 3 15
Totals 37 10 47

HSE West

Programme Places 2009 Extra places July 2010 Current-2012 Program total
Donegal 6 0 6
Sligo 6 0 6
Galway 15 0 15
Ballinasloe 4 0 4
Limerick 8 4 12
Total 39 4 43
Grand Total 120 37 157


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