Claim that 30% of GPs in Kerry will have retired in 5 years

More than 20 Kerry GPs are among those taking part in the national protest to highlight the impact of funding cuts locally.

Chair of Communications for the National Association of General Practitioners Dr Bríd Walsh of Ballyheigue is calling for the reversal of cuts to primary care funding.

She says Kerry is badly hit by the cuts, particular in Ballyheigue and surrounding areas.

Dr Bríd Walsh of Ballyheigue says she decided to take part in today’s protest as 30% of GPs in Kerry will have retired in 5 years.

Dr Walsh believes Sláintecare funding and the reversal of cuts to GPs introduced during the financial crisis 11 years ago will result in people getting the care they deserve.

She says the current fees paid to practices aren’t enough and in some areas GPs are in debt trying to keep going.