Cavan Monaghan TD, Deputy Brendan Smith, has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on a significant increase in the number of GP training places.
The GP training scheme, which is run by the Irish College of General Practitioners, accepted 258 new doctors onto its 2022/2023 specialist training programme.
At present there are 932 trainees undertaking the 4 year-programme.
The number of GP training places will rise to 285 this coming July, before increasing to 350 in July 2024 which will see 1,300 trainees undertaking the programme.
Welcoming this increase, Deputy Brendan Smith said that Government is committed to increasing our medical workforce and this approach is a positive step as it offers more training places to doctors who want to specialise as General Practitioners.
The Cavan Monaghan TD says these extra training places for GPs will play a vital role across the country in the years to come.