Working as a GP in Ireland

General Practice is pivotal to societal wellbeing and the viability of the entire healthcare system in Ireland.  GPs in Ireland provide comprehensive whole person and continuity of care.  The GP is usually the first point of contact in matters of personal health, coordinates the care of patients and refers patients to other specialists, cares for patients of all ages and disease categories and cares for patients over a period of their lifetime. 

There are more than 2,500 GPs in Ireland, most of whom work in private practice, and who play a key, valued role in the community.  In Ireland there is a strong focus on continuity of care through a practice enrolment process. Patients are often treated by the same GP throughout their life.  In Ireland, GPs are also able to provide sub-specialised services in areas where they have additional qualification or a special interest.  This includes women’s health, dermatology, obesity, to name but a few.

General Practice in Ireland is largely comprised of small independent private practices, staffed by a lead GP (the practice owner) and associate, salaried GPs.  Since 2004, a General Practice network of 75 practices, Centric Health, has grown in Ireland which provides all of the back-office functionality for GPs, including practice administration and billing, staffing, finance, technology, property services etc. These networks enable GPs to be partners in their local clinics and allow doctors to focus on clinical care without the distraction of practice administration. Regardless of the type of practice, GPs tend to work business hours Monday to Friday, though some prefer to work part-time.  For others there are options to work evenings and weekends in after-hours cooperatives as well as digital online appointments jobs.

Like most countries, there is strong demand for GP services in Ireland. The Irish government is committed to ongoing reforms and investment in the healthcare system, with the aim of improving access, efficiency, and patient outcomes. General Practice in Ireland is funded by a mix of public and private payors. The Irish Government Health Service Executive (HSE) funds access to General Practice for approximately 32% of the population, and the proportion of the population eligible for Government funded primary care is progressively increasing. The remainder of the population funds privately, via private health insurers and/or patients paying out of pocket.

Generally, the quality of healthcare in Ireland is considered to be very good. The healthcare workforce is highly trained and strict regulation ensures continued standards of medical care. All medical practitioners registered with the Medical Council of Ireland have a statutory obligation to maintain their professional competence by actively participating in a recognised Professional Competence Scheme (PCS). The Irish College of General Practice supports GPs in developing their competencies, knowledge, skills, and attitudes through self-directed, practice-based learning.  This approach enables lifelong learning appropriate to the GPs’ scope of practice with the ultimate aim of providing safe, effective patient care.

Salaries and Benefits

According to the Irish Medical Organisation, experienced GPs in Ireland earn an average base salary of €125,000, for full-time equivalent work (normal business hours). A number of factors influence a GP’s earnings, such as:

  • Location of practice – Doctors in urban locations tend to earn more their rural counterparts.
  • Size of practice and number of patients in attendance.
  • GPs with specialist skills can earn more.

In addition to base salary, there are a number of other financial benefits that may be offered to GPs, including pension contributions, funding of medical indemnity fees, and contributions to upskilling and specialised qualifications.

What some of our doctors say about us:

"Locumotion has been the best medical agency, attracts sufficient placements with excellent remunerations. No other agency can match Locumotion in Ireland. My experience has been excellent, and I am a testimony of their high class and excellence"

Dr Hisham Salem

"I am a British and Australian doctor who joined Locumotion last March 2020. They have been very helpful in getting me locum GP jobs during the difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are very kind and sympathetic people"

Dr Ihab Saif

"I have worked with Locumotion for over 4 years in multiple centres throughout Dublin. I really enjoy the variety I have as a locum and the freedom to choose the roster that suits my lifestyle and family. Locumotion are a breeze to work with and always on hand to help with any requests and queries I have. If you want to work with a Locum agency in Ireland be sure to join Locumotion."

Dr Elena Velicu

"What I really enjoy about working with Locumotion is the professionalism and duty of care, to not only me as a locum, but to the end patient. Locumotion have strategic processes in place to ensure a premium quality of doctors working in Ireland. The team are so approachable day and night"

Dr Yuvraj Goud

"I moved to Ireland from Spain to work as a locum. Locumotion were so accommodating to my requirements and really helped me to fit in smoothly, not only to work, but to living in Ireland. Their personal touch is five star and something which I did not find in other agencies. They are genuinely open to all queries no matter how big or small.”
Locumotion are like a family, from their medical director’s involvement down to the placement co-ordinator. It is evident through their care, passion and empathy that they wanted to see me settle and succeed. I have now put down roots with my family here and couldn’t be happier."

Dr Irene Shedrin

"Reliability is something which is very important to me. Locumotion provided this to me through my roster and their communication. Their constant engagement and thorough checks put my mind at ease and ensured that I was not stressed about the small things and able to get on with what I love most. I would recommend Locumotion as a stellar agency to any of my colleagues."