Clinical Genetics Division

Inadequate Staffing levels

The Royal College of Physicians UK recommend a minimum of 3 Consultant Geneticists per million and the Association of Genetic Nurse and Counsellors UK (AGNC) recommend 1 full-time Genetic Counsellor per 100,000 population. Based on these for a population of 4.6 million the Republic of Ireland should have 14 Consultant Geneticists and 46 Genetic Counsellors. Staffing level comparisons with many European countries are detailed in the table below with The Republic of Ireland has the worst staffing quotient.

Table demonstrating staffing levels in Clinical genetics across many European countires.

Rep of Ireland Northern Ireland Finland Norway France Czech Republic Wales Scotland England Portugal
Total population (million) 4.6 1.7 5.3 5 65 10 3 5 52 10.7
Live births 78,000 22,000 60,000 62,000 800,000 100,000 36,000 58,592 68,7000 96,856
No of WTE clinical consultant geneticists 4 6 23 28 160 54 9 12.28 115 +
4.5 vacant
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No of WTE research consultants 0 0 15-18 0     1.1 2.2 14.2 0
No. of genetic counsellors 5.6 6   15 80 0 22.3 21.4 256 2
No of specialist registrars 0 2 7 12 90 10 4 2 56 15
No of genetic staff per population 1 per 500,000 1 per 121,428 1 per 176,000 1 per 90,000 1 per 196,000 1 per 156,788 1 per 85,000 1 per 140,134 1 per 120,500 1 per 266,290
No of clinical consultants per population 1 per 1,150,000 1 per 285,000 1 per 176,000 1 per 180,000 1 per 406,000 1 per 185,000 1 per 325,000 1 per 407,000 1 per 435,146 1 per 463,114