The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has begun their engagement process with GPs on the upcoming GMS contract negotiations. The association held a productive Think-In last weekend (27th & 28th August) with National Council members to discuss a number of key issues affecting GPs. An NAGP sub-committee to oversee contract negotiations will be established by National Council in the coming weeks.

Mr Chris Goodey, NAGP CEO, speaking following the weekend meeting, said “The NAGP Think-In was an intensive working group which addressed several key issues for GPs. We discussed the direction and focus for the organisation over the coming months. Most importantly, our process of engagement with GPs on GMS contracts will begin this weekend. Our series of meetings kick off this Saturday in Dublin and Limerick. We are eager to get input from all GPs, regardless of membership status, on the terms and conditions of a new contract. We urge all GPs to attend the meetings”.

Topics covered at the weekend included GMS contract negotiations, retention of GPs, management of multi-morbidity patients in general practice, the crisis in out of hours services, resourcing of general practice, the reversal of FEMPI, Primary Care Resource Centres, and issues surrounding the proposed introduction of salaried GPs.

Aiden Callaly, CEO of GP Online, also gave a progress update on the video health and cloud-based Practice Management System (PMS). GP Online will go to pilot stage in September and will provide an exciting opportunity for NAGP members to offer video appointments to their patients. They will also benefit from a cost-effective, easy to use, cloud-based PMS.