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MPS protection: What you need to know before you work abroad

At MPS we are acutely aware of all the time and money that has been invested in training doctors and do not wish to be seen to be encouraging doctors to leave Ireland. Doctors who have trained in Ireland are uniquely placed to understand the Irish healthcare system. It can also be beneficial for those who have not trained in Ireland to work here too.

Having said that, we are aware that many young doctors do indeed leave the country, often only temporarily to gain knowledge and experience, and it is important that they are well advised and prepared regarding the challenges that face them.

What protection is needed?

Before practising it is vital to protect yourself: new countries mean new risks. The best intentions will not always protect a doctor from human error and professional scrutiny. This is why having access to protection and access to medicolegal advice is vital. MPS has over 290,000 members in more than 40 countries, so it is possible that membership could be arranged.

Doctors travelling abroad should be alert to the current legal, cultural and ethical climate within a particular country, in addition to knowledge of the health system. MPS’s role is to protect the interests of members when concerns are raised about their practice, in any form – claim, complaint, medical council investigation.

Arranging your protection

You should contact Membership Services well in advance of your intended travel date, providing exact details and dates of any work you are intending to undertake overseas, to see if you are eligible for protection.

This is particularly important because some countries have made it a requirement that all healthcare practitioners have insurance-based indemnity. MPS is not an insurance company and discretionary indemnity is not recognised in these areas. Call Membership Services on 1800 509 441 or email international@mps.org.uk for more information.

Enjoy the trip and we look forward to welcoming you back into Irish MPS membership when you return home with your horizons broadened. Please remember that when you return to Ireland it is crucial that you contact us to let us know that you are back in the country.

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