A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has accused the Health Minister of ignoring the impending GP crisis in rural areas.

Deputy Dara Calleary has been informed by the HSE that the GP in Glenamoy Health Centre has resigned and no replacement has been found.

Deputy Calleary told Midwest News today that this is a very serious situation, which will leave only three GPs in the entire Erris area. He says it is a huge geographical distance for three GPs to cover and will increase the pressure not only on the existing GP service, but also the whole Erris community.

The latest Irish Medical Organisation data predicts that 41% of GPs in Mayo will retire over the next five to seven years. Deputy Calleary says despite this, Government appearls to have no plan to tackle this.

In Glenamoy the HSE has confirmed that the position was advertised in the public domain but unfortunately no applications were received.

Discussions are ongoing with the existing GP to ascertain if there is any possibility of him remaining in Glenamoy.

Deputy Calleary says this is an issue that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.