There is now a chronic shortage of GPs in Co Cavan. That's according to Cllr Brendan Fay whose motion to write to Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, about the matter received unanimous support at yesterday's local authority meeting.
Speaking to Northern Sound, Cllr Fay said the health of the nation and its people was paramount. He highlighted how there are no new GPs coming into Cavan to replace the numbers that are retiring.
Cllr Fay added there is now one doctor to every 2,000 patients, and this is not sustainable. "It seems to be better in other countries; and the money is better, I know that. I can understand a young GP choosing to go to Australia, America or Europe instead of setting up a practice in a small rural area like Cavan.
"With the cost of living crisis; the cost of heating; and the cost of getting insurance to set up a practice in the first place, there are no incentives for young professionals to come to rural Ireland," he said.