Brexit prevents medical students from the North from doing internships in Ireland – The University Times

Medical students at universities in Northern Ireland and Great Britain cannot currently apply for placements in Irish hospitals as a result of Brexit.

This means that Irish students currently studying in Northern Ireland cannot apply for placements in the Irish healthcare sector.

the Newspaper said the health ministry hopes to fix the problem by the end of the year.


Medical students must undertake work placements during their final year or after graduation in order to be qualified to work in the Irish Health Service.

According to the Health Service Executive (HSE), student placements must be in one of the following countries: Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Iceland or RCSI and UCD Malaysia Campus.

Northern Ireland and the UK were on the list last year but have since been removed.

Talk with the Newspaper a freshman from Dublin studying at Ulster University said: ‘It will affect any students who may have graduated last year from Queen’s [University], but this may affect applications from students applying from the Republic of Ireland.

“I applied to study in Northern Ireland on the assumption that I would have no problem in Ireland. They need to change that quickly.

The Ministry of Health told the Newspaper that “Department officials have engaged with the Medical Council to establish the necessary changes to the law to return to the pre-Brexit position”.

“Significant progress has been made and the Minister [for Health Stephen Donnelly] will soon seek government approval to draft the necessary legislation to amend the Medical Practitioners Act. This is expected to be enacted later this year.

An EU Professional Qualifications Directive allowed EU and UK citizens to have professional qualifications – including health qualifications – mutually recognized before Brexit. Qualifications are only recognized by the competent authorities before December 31, 2020.

In June last year, the University of Cambridge announced the creation of a unit in Ireland to continue clinical trial research in the EU despite Brexit.

Talk with the Irish Independent the head of the Cambridge research office, Peter Hedges, confirmed the creation of the unit which is called University of Cambridge Services Europe. “The university is very active in the area of ​​clinical trial research and the EU Clinical Trials Directive requires that an EU legal entity must be responsible for certain functions in the legal governance of trials.

“The university has established the new subsidiary in Ireland in the hope that we may need an EU legal entity for this purpose, as the UK will continue to be an active participant in the Horizon Europe research program “, added Hedges.

Brexit has resulted in the end of the Erasmus study abroad program in the UK. Instead, the Irish government will fund an Erasmus+ program for students from Northern Ireland, which will allow them to take part in the study abroad program even after Brexit.

Speaking to RTÉ News, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said: ‘The Irish Government has made a very solemn commitment to Northern Ireland that even after Brexit we will ensure there is there are still ways for us to cooperate and collaborate when it comes to higher education.”

“I have sought and obtained government approval to extend Erasmus+ benefits to students in Northern Ireland, even after Brexit. I think this is a very concrete example of our willingness to continue working with Northern Ireland after Brexit.

“Almost every day I talk about the importance of collaborating on a North-South basis and the importance of working with higher education institutions in the North.”

Due to the Common Travel Area agreement between Ireland and the UK, students who started in 2021/22 had been advised that the existing pricing arrangements would apply to them – meaning that the British students in Ireland continued to pay €3,000 and that Irish students would still pay the same amount. fees they were making before Brexit.

Students from the rest of the EU are no longer eligible for tuition status or student loans as a result of Brexit.

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