The National Association of General Practitioners has described yesterday’s (November 6th) meeting with the Health Minister Leo Varadkar and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch as constructive and positive, and said it hopes the meeting represents the beginning of a productive ongoing relationship.

The Association outlined its views on the development of general practice to both Ministers and expressed its desire to be involved and contribute constructively to discussions on these matters.

NAGP President, Dr Conor Mcgee, said: “The meeting was extremely valuable. We have many shared views on the future of general practice, and its central role in a modern health care system. The meeting was very much a preliminary discussion of our common goals for the sector and we anticipate further meetings with the Ministers in the New Year.”

NAGP CEO, Chris Goodey said: “There are a number of key areas within general practice that need to be addressed and the two Ministers committed to further engagement with the NAGP on these matters.”

The National Association of General Practitioners was re-launched in May 2013 to represent the particular needs of general practice and to negotiate and lobby on behalf of general practitioners at an individual and group level. The organisation currently has over 1,000 GP members.

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