Friday 27 April 2018

Young doctors see no future as country GPs

The HSE incessantly advertises GP jobs in rural Ireland but young medics prefer emigration, says Jerome Reilly

Dr John McCormack, a GP in Rosmuc
Dr John McCormack, a GP in Rosmuc
Noreen Lineen Curtis
Jerome Reilly

Jerome Reilly

Rural Ireland is facing a healthcare crisis as young doctors turn their backs on country life and refuse to even apply for jobs as GPs in remote areas.

Hundreds of older GPs are due to retire in the next year, which will leave many communities without a permanent local doctor.

At least 18 permanent GP positions around the country are vacant - some for as long as three years - though all the communities currently have locums

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