Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin T.D. has called on Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to address the shortage in General Practitioners.
Reports in today's Irish Independent say a shortage of family doctors threatens to hold up the roll out of free GP care.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said;
"Today's report in the Irish Independent confirms what we have known for a long time. Successive Ministers have failed to address the shortage in number and geographic distribution of GPs. Professor Brian MacCraith's recently published Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structure outlined a range of barriers identified by trainee GPs including - access to timely diagnostics, ongoing contract negotiations, difficulties establishing practices on completion of specialist training, and preferences for patterns of work in the future.
"In view of the importance of building a robust primary care sector as the cornerstone of a reformed health system, an approach which I support, Minister Varadkar will have to address these issues in a timely manner if plans for free GP care for all are to be realised."