How to avoid being overlooked as the country’s primary care doctor
Health workers in the capital are warning of a looming crisis as the Irish economy slips back into recession.
A surge in demand for primary care has fuelled a rise in the number of doctors and nurses working in the country, as hospitals close.
The number of primary care places in the Republic of Ireland has nearly doubled in just three years to over 1.8 million, according to the Ministry of Health.
In total, about 15,000 people work in primary care.
The figures are expected to increase significantly in coming years.
The shortage has seen a spike in the amount of appointments for primary health workers, as well as the number needing specialist care.
“We’ve had a massive rise in demand from the UK and from overseas.
We have an abundance of specialists working in Ireland and the demand is definitely going to increase,” said Dr Martin McGarry, chief executive of the Irish Society of Primary Health Care.”
I think it’s a serious problem because it’s going to require a very strong response.”
The demand for specialists is going to grow, the demand for specialist health care is going do really well.
“Dr McGarry said the rise in numbers of primary health care workers was worrying, as it was a critical link between primary care and the care provided by the NHS.”
It’s also going to be a problem for people who are not going to get the services they need,” he said.
The government’s plan to cut down on primary care vacancies will not be enough to solve the crisis, as there are now more than 40,000 more doctors and 1,600 more nurses working at primary health clinics than there were three years ago.
Dr McGary said it was also not a sustainable solution.”
In a country like Ireland, which has so many doctors and so many nurses, we don’t have a sustainable supply of doctors,” he told The Irish News.”
That means you have a massive demand for doctors and a huge demand for nurses.
“There’s not going in any way to be enough capacity.
There’s just going to have to be more nurses, there’s going, there will have to.”
The Government says it is not trying to shut down the practice of primary healthcare.
It is planning to invest €5 billion in the health system over the next four years to improve primary care by improving care and education.
Dr McGrath said the government was making a good start in increasing demand for health care in Ireland, but it had to get further.
“When you look at how many people are now working in primary health, it’s certainly the highest number ever, so it is going very, very well,” he added.
“But the reality is that we’re still a long way off from a sustainable shortage of primary doctors.”