Deputy Blaney says more GPs are needed to avoid further hospital pressure

Deputy Niall Blaney, a member of the Oireachtas Committee on health has warned of longer hospital waiting lists and more pressure on emergency departments  if GP training places are not expanded.

Under the HSE's Primary Care Strategy it is envisaged that local community care health facilities would meet up to 95% of patients needs thus taking pressure of the hospital system.

However Deputy Nial Blaney says that if this is to be achieved more GPs need to be trained up.