There’s little in the budget to tackle the manpower crisis in general practice in rural areas.
That’s according to Killarney GP Dr Gary Stack who says there is nothing contained in the budget to encourage young GPs to stay in the country.
He claims there is a GP crisis currently unfolding in South Kerry in relation to the provision of doctors in rural areas.
Between Cahersiveen and Waterville there were five GPs last year, this year they were four and next year there will only two from January 1st.
Dr Stack said while the rural practice allowance has been restored to certain areas – for many it’s too too little too late.
He said some radical thinking is needed to tackle the shortage of GPs in rural practices.