People living in rural areas may have to travel to bigger towns to see a GP

People living in remote rural areas will have to travel to bigger towns like Sligo, Donegal town and Manorhamilton in future to avail of GP services.

That is the warning coming from the National Association of General Practitioners this week.

They state that the HSE has made no commitment to improve resources for doctors in the coming year.

There is no sign of the promised new General Medical Service contract and doctors say they are working off a 40 year old contract that does not reflect the workload today.

Chair of the NAGP Dr. Andrew Jordan says the problem is driving young doctors out of the country and in a few years the rural GP in small towns and villages won’t exist: