About a quarter of Kerry GPs to retire in next seven years

About a quarter of Kerry GPs will be retiring in the next seven years.

That’s according to figures from the Irish Independent, which show that hundreds of family doctors across the country are set to retire in the coming years.

There’s been a decline in interest in general practice from younger doctors.

These figures show that in Kerry, 27% of GPs will reach retirement in seven years, one of the higher rates is in Leitrim, with 50% due to retire in seven years’ time.

The average age of a GP at retirement is 67; around 660 GPs are over the age of 60, with 244 over 65.