1 / 5 RTE The Mayo Clinic in Mayo, Ireland, has been named one of the top 10 places to find a good eye doctor in the Republic.
The Mayo Medical School has ranked as the second best doctor in Ireland, behind only Trinity College Dublin, according to an international list published by the Institute of Medicine and Dentistry in London.
Mayo’s ranking of 10 was announced on Monday by the IOM, which also listed Mayo’s health system and academic reputation.
Mayo is one of seven Irish cities ranked, alongside Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Kilkenny.
The other five are Dublin, Carlow, Cork, Galway, Louth and Waterford.
Mayo also ranked as one of five most attractive places to live in the EU in 2015.
Its ranking of 13 is also ahead of the rest of the EU, including Dublin, Limerick, Sligo and Waterlow.
Ireland ranked fifth in the World Health Organization’s global rankings for the number of eyes and the quality of care received.
The IOM said it is concerned about a lack of specialist doctors in Ireland.
Health Minister James Reilly has said the Government will provide a €6bn fund to help fund research to develop new treatments for corneal diseases, including the development of new treatments that can help prevent eye cancer.
The Irish Government is also funding €2bn in funding for the next decade to help hospitals and clinics deliver better and more efficient care for patients with corneas, he said in a statement.
“There are many challenges that need to be overcome if we are to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare in Ireland and ensure that the country remains a world leader in research, development and delivery of medicines,” Mr Reilly said.