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.
Now GP practices in entire towns are closing their doors to new patients. Families cannot register with a GP in some areas. Have we finally reached that tipping point? In this special edition of The Post Podcast, Ian Kehoe speaks to Health Editor Susan Mitchell about the looming crisis.