IMO warns more than 600 are due to retire in the next seven or eight years

The government is being urged to plan for the retirement of hundreds of GPs.

More than 600 are due to retire in the next seven or eight years, according to the Irish Medical Organisation.

It is warning that pressure in the system is discouraging newly qualified Doctors from practising here.

The IMO's Dr Padraig McGarry says the government needs to act: