Because the NAGP and its 1,200 members have been excluded from the under-6s negotiations, we have not been made aware of the details of the agreement. The NAGP will issue a more comprehensive statement once we have had a chance to examine the proposed agreement in its entirety.

In the meantime, the NAGP retains the view that the most appropriate method of introducing universal care is by raising the income threshold at which patients qualify for a full medical card, as well as investing in GP-delivered chronic disease management.

Recent surveys carried out on behalf of the NAGP have reported that the vast majority of GPs and the public do not support the provision of free GP care to under-6s as the most appropriate means of introducing free GP care for all. The Association believes that patients who are most vulnerable should be given priority. This view is shared by the IMO, as expressed in its statement earlier today.