Based on the official retirement age of 72 years, twenty four GMS GPs are due to retire in the next decade (2021 to 2030 ) in Co. Galway, four of which refer to the East Galway LE Area.
However based on current trends, it is likely that many more will leave their positions during this time as very few GPs remain working up to the age of 72.
The longest unfilled GP position in Galway is in Inis Oirr/Inis Meáin, Aran Islands which is filled in a temporary capacity by a GP provided by a Locum Agency since August 2018.
The data was given to the Regional Health Forum this weekn in response to questions from Cllr Evelyn Parsons abiout the requirements of the medical workforce in the county over the next decade.
She was told that the GP position at Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway is becoming vacant on 1st February, 2021. The position was advertised recently. The interview process took place on 11th November, 2020 and the HSE expect the position to be filled.
There are five GP GMS positions vacant at present in Galway, all of which are filled in temporary capacities for periods between one and two years pending permanent replacements being secured. One of those vacancies is in respect of the East Galway LE area based in Eyrecourt.