It has all the makings of a perfect storm: an overloaded health service that struggles to fill posts; a pandemic-weary workforce still dealing with massive patient backlogs; older staff who want out; and younger ones looking for a better work-life balance.
Figures tell some of the story:
391: the number of visa applications granted last year to Irish doctors to work in Australia.
837: the number of consultant posts not filled on a permanent basis;
0: the number of applications received for nine highly remunerated consultant posts that were advertised last year;
4,787: the number of older people left without a carer due to chronic staff shortages.