Having secured a negotiating licence it is not only imperative that the NAGP secure its position at the negotiating table alongside the other stakeholders, but it is now necessary.

The National Association of General Practitioners has a clear mandate to represent its 1,200 members in all discussions pertaining to the future of general practice in Ireland.

While it may not suit the Department of Health to welcome another stakeholder to the table, we believe the department does not have a choice.

In response to the lack of engagement from the department on the matter, we have moved matters forward and have now retained the services of William Fry solicitors who have outlined in the strongest possible terms why it is both legally and morally imperative that the NAGP is brought to the table without further delay.

This initial letter marks the beginning of our campaign to place intense pressure on the Department of Health to include the NAGP in all negotiations. Click HERE to see letter from William Fry Solicitors to Minister Leo Varadkar. This letter, which is also copied in to the secretary general of the department, as well as the head of the HSE Tony O’Brien, was issued Monday the 19th of January.

Of particular note which may be of interest to you, the information contained within this initial legal writ which outlines the position the department places themselves in, in terms of competition law and EU state aid, if they do not now allow the association to the table.

We have also called on the IMO for their support regarding our right to be at the table – please see letter HERE – Unfortunately we haven’t received a reply from the IMO to date.