We are concerned that the GP crisis will prevent pregnant people from accessing timely abortion care and call on the Government to implement the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Operation of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 without delay.
“The news that more than half of GPs are unable to accept new patients is of deep concern to us because we know that abortion care is time-sensitive. Pregnant people already face unnecessary barriers from the mandatory three-day waiting period and the arbitrary 12-week limit for abortion on request. Any further delay in accessing care could see people be forced to travel abroad because they couldn’t get two appointments before the 12-week gestational limit,” said Richael Carroll, Abortion Rights Campaign spokesperson.
According to research conducted by the Irish Patients’ Association, approximately 700 doctors are due to retire in the next seven years. The disparity between rural and urban access to abortion care will worsen as GPs retire without being replaced
Richael continued, “From the beginning, there have been significant gaps in rural provision of abortion services, with some counties only having one GP signed up as an abortion provider through My Options. This will be the 6th year since we repealed the 8th amendment, and yet we have a long way to go to make services free, safe, legal, local and accessible.”