The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has welcomed assurances by Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald that Minister for Health, Simon Harris, will meet GP representative bodies in the Autumn. The Tanaiste was responding to Leaders Questions in the Dail on Wednesday when Deputy Michael Harty requested an update on the progress of GP contract negotiations.

NAGP President, Dr. Emmet Kerin, said, “It is positive to hear that we will be invited to engage further with Minister Harris in September on GP-Led primary care and building GP capacity in the context of a new contract. I look forward to meeting with the Minister and building on our initial discussion earlier this month”.

Dr. Kerin continued, “GPs are ideally positioned within the primary care system to, if resourced properly, provide chronic care management and relieve some of the pressure on busy Emergency Departments and Outpatients clinics, and allowing patients to be cared for in the community. A new contract must focus on supporting the role of GPs in leading a better resourced primary care system”.

The Tanaiste also stated that Minister Harris would be meeting with other primary care stakeholders in the Autumn to ensure joined-up thinking and the delivery of integrated primary care services.