Tuesday March 31, 2020

Doctor No: A tipping point?

Clogged out-of-hours services, practices closed to new patients, two-week waits: the acute GP shortage medics have warned about for years has finally arrived

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

18th March, 2018

GPs have long warned that general practice in Ireland was barrelling towards a precipice.

They repeatedly advised that a shortage of GPs was being exacerbated by the number of GPs nearing retirement, as well as a recruitment and retention crisis.

For years, GPs warned that increased workloads and significant cuts to the fees they are paid to care for 1.3 million medical card holders, and others, were making their working environments unsafe, unmanageable and, in...

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