Representatives from the National Association of General Practitioners met with public representatives in the past week to gain their support in putting a halt to the systematic dismantling of general practice in Ireland.
Chairman of the NAGP National Council, Dr Andy Jordan and CEO Chris Goodey met Deputy Billy Kelleher, TD, Fianna Fáil spokesperson for health, Deputy Róisín Shortall, Independent TD for Dublin North West and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Sinn Féin Dáil leader at Dáil Éireann last Wed
nesday,(Oct 2nd, 2013) as part of their ongoing public affairs campaign.
“We highlighted the issues that are facing GPs and the detrimental impact that the FEMPI cuts are having on their practices. We advised the politicians we met that general practice is in crisis in this country and our members can take no more in terms of further cuts or increased workload,” said Mr Goodey.
The NAGP officials hope to meet with the Minister for Health, James Reilly and Junior Minister with responsibility for primary care, Alex White, in the coming weeks to press for a reversal of the most recent FEMPI cuts and discuss their pre-Budget submission.
Mr Goodey said: “The response from the TDs was overwhelmingly positive. They felt there was a clear need for general practitioners to be represented as a group and said it was very positive that the NAGP was there to represent general practice. They were very conscious of and endorsed the fact that GPs are the gatekeepers of healthcare and play a vital role in the health services.”