The National Association of General Practitioners is calling on the general public, stakeholders, politicians and healthcare professionals to attend one of a series of public meetings on the necessary reform of the Irish health service.  The meetings are being organised in Dublin, Cork and Limerick from next week. Professor Brendan Drumm, Professor of Paediatrics, University College Dublin and former Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive, will address the meeting in Dublin on Wednesday the 20th of April, while Dr. Edward Walsh, President Emeritus of University of Limerick will address the Limerick meeting on the 25th of April.

These meetings follow the launch yesterday (Tuesday) by the Primary Care Partnership of the first ever consensus document on Primary Care in Ireland, compiled by primary care service providers, including the NAGP.  At the launch, NAGP Council member, speaking as a member of the Primary Care Partnership, Dr. Ronan Fawsitt, called for a new cabinet Minister for Primary Care to be appointed as a matter of urgency in order to drive change and long-term planning. This call was supported by Independent TD, Dr. Michael Harty.

Dr. Fawsitt, said, “A GP-led primary care system is the best way to resolve issues with the current health system. A Minister for Primary Care is crucial to ensure the effective long term planning and delivery of a better primary care system for all stakeholders”.

Public Meetings on Health Reform

The general public are being urged to attend these public meetings alongside public representatives, healthcare professionals and key stakeholders to make their voices heard to ensure a better health service for all citizens.

At the meeting the NAGP will set out its proposal for a ‘Tallaght Strategy for Health’ which would take the politics out of the national healthcare system and ensure a 10-year plan with consensus across healthcare providers. Such a consensus can only be achieved by involving all the political parties, representative bodies, patients and stakeholders, to create a plan for health that is independent of the electoral cycle and has a reasonable time frame to succeed.

Details of each meeting are as follows:

Dublin

Wednesday, the 20th of April 2016 at 7:30pm in the Ballsbridge Hotel

Speakers:
Chair: Ms. Susan Mitchell, Health Editor, Sunday Business Post.
Professor Garry Courtney, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, St. Luke’s Hospital.
Dr. Ronan Fawsitt, General Practitioner and NAGP Council Member.
Professor Brendan Drumm, Professor of Paediatrics, University College Dublin and former Chief Executive of the Health Service Executive.
Mr. Kieran Ryan, Chief Executive of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP).

Cork

Thursday, the 21st of April 2016 at 7:30pm in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork

Speakers:
Chair: Ms. Susan Mitchell, Health Editor, Sunday Business Post.
Dr. Gary Stack, General Practitioner, Killarney.
Mr. Kieran Ryan, Chief Executive of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP).
Dr. Jennifer Carroll, Consultant Physician, Cork University Hospital

Limerick

Monday, the 25th of April 2016 at 7:30pm in the Strand Hotel, Limerick

Speakers:
Chair: Ms. Susan Mitchell, Health Editor, Sunday Business Post.
Dr. Emmet Kerin, General Practitioner and President of the NAGP.
Dr. Edward Walsh, President Emeritus University of Limerick.
Prof. Paul Finucane, Foundation Head of the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick

The speakers’ presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and a question and answer session. Public Representatives in attendance will be invited to speak.