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This week the NAGP met with Senator Colm Burke about the issue.
“We are seeking a meeting with Minister Harris to discuss solutions which will make a career in general practice in Ireland a viable and attractive option for graduates,” said NAGP chairman Dr Andy Jordan.
“We urge the Government to take action and put in place supports to enable these doctors to remain and work in Ireland.
“As long as this financial burden exists the shortage of doctors in general practice will not be addressed.”
The NAGP says it wants to “discuss solutions to the crippling debt which is preventing medical graduates from choosing a career in general practice in Ireland”.
The NAGP points to a UCC study which found that medical students who graduate with debt are less likely to become GPs.