A Kerry councillor has welcomed a HSE proposal to pay general practitioners an allowance to set up practices in rural areas.
The HSE plans to introduce new criteria for awarding the rural practice allowance to GPs in an attempt to help fill available positions.
It would be worth up to €16,000 annually.
Rathmore is one such area where – ten months after the local doctor retired – nobody has yet been appointed to fill the vacancy.
Local Fianna Fáil councillor, Niall Kelleher says the new rural allowance proposals are welcome: