Girls suffer for sake of more male GPs

Ireland“The system for entry to medicine was changed not because there was a problem with the quality of Irish doctors, as there wasn’t. The only problem with Irish doctors, as some people saw it, was that those entering general practice were predominantly female – so also are the other caring professions such as nursing, radiography, physiotherapy, dietetics, care assistant and, indeed, primary school teaching. An aptitude test on one single day in February, on 17 and 18-year-olds who are in the throes of preparing for their Leaving Cert and already stressed preparing for exams, could not possibly test them for how they will be six years later when qualified …” (more)

[Marion Dunne, Independent, 25 August]

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