ISME to provide expert support for the NAGP

The ‘new kid on the block’ of representative bodies for GPs, the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP), has already commenced contacts with the HSE as it seeks to move the agenda for GPs forward.

Although the NAGP needs 1,000 members to be able to carry out representations, newly-appointed CEO Chris Goodey, who was canvassing for new members at the recent ICGP AGM in Galway, said he was already engaging in background work.

“So we have been engaging in informal talks. I have talked to a number of people to find out what’s going on, what we can do, and how we can make a difference. In terms of formal talks … I’m in the job for three days — just give me a couple of weeks.”

Meanwhile, the newly relaunched Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises
Association (ISME), which will see ISME provide a range of supports to NAGP members on an individual and general basis.

They will include business
advice, HR support, lobbying assistance, office facilities and advice and support on tax and accounting issues.

Describing them as “vital to maintaining the high-level of GP care we in Ireland have come to expect,” Goodey commented: “In light of recent cutbacks, GPs are coming under increasing pressure and require this type of specialised support to meet their established and ongoing commitment to provide safe, high quality care.” It was intended that the supports would allow GPs to focus more specifically on patient care, he said.