The current economic and healthcare climate is very frightening too. The amount of uncertainty in the whole system is making definite career planning a virtually impossible task. What I do know is that I want to stay in Ireland. That used to be a given for Irish GP graduates, but now there is an exodus to foreign shores unlike anything experienced in the healthcare profession before. We are losing so many GPs to better pay and conditions in Canada, Australia and the Middle East on a weekly basis that it seems there will soon be nobody to inherit Irish general practice.
I know that long term, I want to be my own boss, and within general practice that means being a principal someday. That means waiting for the right opportunity to arise. I’m going to be working as a sessional GP for the short term and see where it takes me but ultimately I see myself with my own practice.