• NAGP say comments, as reported, would be contrary to competition law

The President of the National Association of General Practitioners has today called on the Minister for Health to clarify comments he made in relation to consultation fees for private patients. Dr Emmet Kerin stated that the Minister’s comments, if accurately reported by the media, would be contrary to competition laws that bind GPs.

Dr Kerin said, “I am seeking clarity on the Ministers comments. While I’m sure Minister Harris did not intend to suggest that it was in his gift to set fees for private patients, he should now clarify what he meant. I would consider any suggestion that GPs would be directed on fee structures for private patients as interference and against competition law”.