Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has called on the government to protect the General Practitioner services in Bangor Erris, County Mayo following ongoing risks to the service.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, Deputy Calleary said “We have been well served by the GP in Bangor Erris however there is concern in the community as we understand the GP has been offered another role which it is expected he will accept.

“While the clarity that a GP will be in place until March is welcome who will apply for the GMS list and take over the practice afterwards? There are vacancies in rural Ireland for GP’s as it becomes an unattractive role. The numbers on training courses have only decreased, such is the lack of interest in becoming a GP among our next generation of medical professionals.

“The GP protest which I attended to show my support to this week outside Leinster House shows how urgent the crisis has become. The Minister must step up and instruct his officials in the Department to make the role of a GP more attractive. The HSE could provide a subsidy for retention and services of staff in rural GP practices. This is one small step which would make the role of a GP an appealing one.

“Minister McGrath must go back to his Tuam routes and support GP services, not just in Bangor Erris but more widely in County Mayo and rural Ireland,” concluded Deputy Calleary.