After due consultation with members, The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has reached the conclusion that the draft contract (for free GP care for children under the age of six years) on offer is so morally, economically and practically flawed in content that it merits no further consideration.

The NAGP wishes to engage in serious discussions with Minister Alex White and the Department of Health and invites the Minister and the Department to return to the negotiating table with a substantially revised, evidence based contract that encourages and motivates General Practitioners to seriously consider the Government’s plans.

If the revised draft is to be a basis for realistic deliberation, it must provide a properly thought out and credible plan that will benefit patients and provide a platform for safe, efficient, rational, and workable healthcare to enable General Practitioners to work productively and efficiently, with proper and adequate resources, for the ultimate benefit of their patients.

The contract offering in its present form provides little or none of the above.