In an article published in The Irish Independent on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, Chris Goodey, CEO of the NAGP said the State needed to create 300 more GPs overnight if they wanted the free GP care for under-fives scheme to work.

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In an interview with Sean O’Rourke on Radio 1 on reaction to the Budget, Dr Jordan told of how discretionary medical cards were being taken away from people who were in a very vulnerable situation, who were sick and in some cases dying, creating a huge problem in the midst of a chaotic situation for families. Listen to the audio feed below.

Dr Jordan told the Irish Daily Star on October 16th, 2013 that the medical card cuts would see a reduction in budgets available to GPs to run their practices.

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In an article in The Irish Independent on Saturday, October 19th, 2013, under the heading of Reilly’s under-fives political stunt will destroy our GP system, Secretary of the NAGP, Dr Donal Punch wrote that “thanks to the cataclysmic impact of a fourth round of draconian cuts, the ability of local doctors to provide a comprehensive effective and above all safe family medical service has been severely compromised”.

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Dr Aifric Boylan told Newstalk about the difficulties facing GPs who are flat out, working dawn to dusk. She said it had come to the point where practices like the one she worked in were having difficulty in paying their doctors, nurses and receptionists and said they were advising patients that they may have to close the practice next year due to the cutbacks in funding for general practice. Listen to the audio clip below.

The NAGP tells The Irish Times that the proposal for free GP care for children under six has placed doctors in an impossible position.

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Irish Independent, October 22nd – The extension of free GP care to young children will be so onerous that doctors will not be able to deliver a proper service, say the NAGP.

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Evening Herald, October 21st – The NAGP has warned that its members might not sign up to the free GP scheme for five-year-olds and under due to fears that it will not be properly funded.

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The Sun, October 22nd – The NAGP warns that resources are not in place to handle the increase in GP visits that would result from the free scheme for children under the age of six.

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