Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends,

As we near the end of 2016, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the National Association of General Practitioners in the last year, and beyond.

This has been a pinnacle year for the organisation, which relaunched in 2013. We have made tremendous strides in representing the interests of General Practice in Ireland. The NAGP is the only organisation that represents and fights for the interests and welfare of GPs, and GPs only, within our health service and we now represent more than 1800 members.

Our greatest achievement in 2016 has been the confirmation that the NAGP will be negotiating the new GMS contract on behalf of our members. The highly successful inaugural Primary Care Partnership conference was a highlight for the organisation when it took place in January.

Other important work has been the delivery of our nationwide clinical meetings and contract consultations for GPs. This was central to our efforts to make sure we are representing the views of our members at the negotiating table. We are very grateful to our members who have made the real issues facing General Practice clear for us to bring into the negotiations.

While we are looking forward to engaging in the contract negotiations, we are not blinded by this and will keep our membership mandate at the core of the negotiations. We are in continuous contact with the Department of Health and Minister Harris on this issue and continue to seek progress on this issue. We are hopeful that the start of 2017 will see this process underway.

I wish you, and yours, Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year. I look forward to engaging with all members on the issues facing General Practice in the coming year.

Is mise le meas,

Dr. Emmet Kerin

NAGP President