Health

A new website on health data reveals that Laois had one of the lowest levels of family doctors in Ireland.

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) recently launched an online tool and smartphone App.

They provide access to health-related data that have been compiled for every local authority area in the Republic of Ireland – like Laois County Council.

It reveals that according that according to 2011 levels there were just 43.2 GPs practicing in Laois per 100,000 population. It fell from 52 per 100,000 in 2005. Offaly ranks joint second bottom with Laois ahead of Meath.

The national average was just over 60. The county with the most GPs is Cork which has a figure of just over 72. Website is www.thehealthwell.info/community-prof