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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# general practice

Last year
# Health Committee
Over 1,600 GPs need to be hired before 2028 as concern grows over shortage
There are currently an average of 0.69 GPs per 1,000 population, when it should be between 1.02 and 1.1.
All time
GP: When a super-spreadable virus meets a super-spreader event like Christmas we need to pause
Our GP details how the booster programme is set to work via GP practices and advises readers to step up and get the shots.
Notes from a GP: Covid cases in millennials are now showing in their grandparents
Our GP argues that while it’s understandable the government didn’t want to rush to Level 5 this week, the numbers now mean this is inevitable.
# Coronavirus
Covid-19: Close contacts will be tested twice - on day 1 and day 7 - whether or not they have symptoms
The move has been welcomed as Ireland starts to slowly ease restrictions.
# general practice
FactCheck: Are there 1,000 more GPs in Ireland than five years ago?
Minister Regina Doherty made the claim during a recent interview.
# Your Say
Poll: Should conscientiously objecting GPs be compelled to refer for abortions?
85% of the country’s GPs do not believe that abortion should be part of routine general practice, according to the NAGP.
Poll: Should GPs start charging for some medical card services?
The annual meeting of the Irish Medical Organisation has heard that many general practices are struggling to survive.
# not enough money
'In a utopian society there would be free GP care. In reality, we can't do that'
Doctors are struggling with a jump in consultations and lack of resources.
# Vulnerable
GPs: Are we missing patients who are suicidal because we're rushed off our feet?
Many cases of depression can be managed in a GPs office, but they need to be able to spend time with the patients, on doctor said.
# Overcrowding
GPs: We can't take on hospital overflow - we're overwhelmed already
Comments from GPs come after it emerged there are record numbers of people waiting on trollies in hospitals around the country.
# Health system
GPs in "absolute crisis" - and it could take generations to recover
One group said that they could cut back on pro bono work if the situation continues.
# general practice
GPs launch campaign for more resources as service on 'brink of collapse'
The IMO wants a five-fold jump in the portion of the health budget spent on General Practice.
# Health
General Practice in Ireland at "breaking point", says IMO
The Irish Medical Organisation said that budget cuts ‘could end the capacity to introduce universal GP care’.