• The NAGP calls for the urgent reversal of FEMPI cuts in line with other sectors
  • The GP union says FEMPI reversal will stem the tide of GP emigration
  • FEMPI has been the death knell for general practice – NAGP

Reacting to news that a draft pay deal has been agreed for public sector workers, the National Association of General Practitioners has called on the Government to urgently reverse Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) cuts in general practice. The GP body say General Practice has suffered disproportionate funding cuts of up to 38% under FEMPI. Meanwhile, patients with medical and GP Visit cards have increased to almost half the population with the introduction of the under 6’s and over 70’s free GP care. The union has said that FEMPI is a key factor in the high emigration of GPs as the profession is now unviable in Ireland.

Mr. Chris Goodey, NAGP Chief Executive, said, “FEMPI is driving young GPs abroad in search of better terms and conditions. Newly qualified doctors have demonstrated their lack of faith in the viability of general practice. For the first time, 10 GP training places have remained unfilled in 2017. Training places were oversubscribed before FEMPI was imposed. Almost half of all GP Trainees are seeking better opportunities abroad. Urgent and decisive action must be taken by the Government to address the shortage of GPs in Ireland”.

The NAGP believe that without the reversal of FEMPI, along with a new General Medical Service (GMS) contract, medical graduates will no longer choose a career in general practice. 63.1 GPs per 100,000 population are currently practicing medicine in Ireland. This figure falls well below international best practice of 80 per 100,000 population. To compound the issue further only 74.2% of all GPs registered with the Council are practicing full-time.