Doctors From Across The Globe Being Brought to The Midlands

They are coming from countries including Pakistan and Nigeria.

Doctors are being brought from all over the world to service midlands patients.

Almost 50 GPs from countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have already participated in a scheme that's designed to boost general practitioner service across the country.

Six doctors are already operating in Laois, four in Offaly, and three in Westmeath.

Banagher's Dr. Velma Harkins says those coming will settle in to their new communities:

The country is experiencing a severe shortage of GPs.

A member of the Irish College of General Practitioners has called on the Health Minister to inject some urgency into a working group which is examining the issue.

Dr. Diarmuid Quinlan, Medical Director of the ICGP, says the shortage in numbers is at crisis levels:

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