The Republic of Ireland is trying to attract foreign medical students to help fill a shortage of beds.
Read more:The government has set a target of bringing in 25,000 foreign doctors and nurses a year by 2020, with the aim of filling the gap left by overseas patients in hospitals.
A new programme is being put in place to help foreign medical professionals with the new requirements for residency in the Republic of Irish, the Health Minister, Dr Eamon Gilmore, said on Tuesday.
The aim is to bring in a quarter of new doctors and nurse positions by 2020.
The Government said the aim is for doctors and healthcare workers to be able to get to work and start a new life in Ireland, providing the best possible care to patients and the economy.
The Republic of India has a shortage, with an estimated 1.3 million people in hospital beds, according to the Medical Service Provider Council (MSPC).
The Government has pledged to increase the number of beds by 50% to 5 million by 2020 to tackle the issue.
The number of new beds will be made up of patients and healthcare professionals, the Minister said.
He said the Government is making it easier for foreign medical workers to work in Ireland to fill a gap left after overseas patients leave hospitals.
This will allow Irish doctors and care workers to continue to be employed in India, the Government said.
The first batch of foreign doctors will be trained in Dublin and trained in the United Kingdom and Germany.
The other new roles will be filled by Irish medical students, the Irish Minister said on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.