The Medical Council has reminded interns of ethical duty to care for their own health
About 1,020 new interns have been registered by the Medical Council so far for 2020.
Aside from the newly graduated doctors, the Council has also registered an additional 393 doctors so far this year, who are returning to practice, coming out of retirement or returning to Ireland from abroad as part of the response to the national pandemic.
The doctors who have returned temporarily are to remain on the register for two more months to the end of July, or any other date to be determined by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris.
Last year, President of the Medical Council, Dr Rita Doyle, spoke to incoming interns at the National Intern Gathering organised by the National Doctors Training & Planning unit.
This year, with the Covid-19 restrictions in place, she has instead written to each medical intern to congratulate them on their graduation as they embark on their medical careers, amid the challenges of Covid-19.
The letter urges each intern to make sure they have their own GP and underlines their ethical duty to care “to care for yourself”.