There were no applications for two GP practices in Swinford and Headford, when the existing GPs at both locations retired recently.  

According to former Chair of the Irish Medical Organisation and Ballygar GP Dr Martin Daly, there will be areas in the west of Ireland left without a GP in the coming years.

The IMO is highlighting the level of retirements anticipated over the next five to seven years county by county, and across county Mayo 41 percent, that is 2 in every 5 GPs in the county at present look set to hang up the stethoscope.

In Leitrim up to half of the GPs at present are due to retire over that time period, in Roscommon 38 percent, 30 percent in Galway.

The organisation has also been contacting TDs and running a social media campaign on Twitter to push its reverse FEMPI campaign.

The IMO’s AGM is taking place in Killarney over the next four days.


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