15 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The lack of GP availability in parts of rural Ireland has prompted Sinn Féin TD for Cavan/Monaghan Pauline Tully to raise with minister for Education Joe McHugh TD in the Dáil issues around the training of medical students. Deputy Tully said she was deeply concerned at the evercontracting numbers of doctors in general practice across large swathes of rural Ireland, a situation she believed was likely to get worse given the age profile of many GPs currently in small town practices.

Deputy Tully recently submitted a Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, seeking to establish the most recent statistics regarding Irish-born aspiring medical students and their access to the undergraduate full-time honours degree doctor training courses in this State. The SF TD said she believed, from her own knowledge of the experience of students she had taught at second level, that there was a significant number of places ‘reserved’ in Irish medical schools for non-Irish medical students. She sought from the Higher…

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