Doctor says some rural GP services will be forced to close

A Donegal GP says the government’s ten year plan for healthcare in Ireland will do nothing to deal with the what he claims is fast becoming a crisis in the sector.

At the end of last month, the report on the ‘Future of Healthcare’ was published and it proposes free GP care for everyone as well as free public hospital care.

Donegal Town GP Austin O’Kennedy says it’s impossible to roll out because it’s too expensive and the underlying resource issue of staffing needs to be addressed.

Speaking to Ocean FM, he said it will simply create another waiting list at surgeries.

He warns that until the government finds a way to attract and keep young doctors in Ireland, many rural GP services will be forced to close in the coming years: