GPs have said the profession is now unviable in Ireland due to funding cuts.

Family doctors are calling on the Government to reverse what they said were cuts of up to 38% to general practice in recent years.

The National Association of GPs said the cuts under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act have damaged services for patients.

The NAGP, which represents around 2,000 family doctors, is holding its annual conference over the next two days in Maynooth, Co Kildare.

Dr Emmet Kerin, the organisation’s president, said that FEMPI is a key factor in the high emigration of GPs as the profession is now unviable here.

Doctors want the cuts reversed and said they are under increasing financial pressure.

The organisation said that this year, for the first time, ten GP training places have remained unfilled due to the crisis.

The NAGP said that almost half of the population now have medical cards or GP visit cards, which has increased pressure on services.

It said that doctors will no longer choose a career in general practice if the situation continues.