The NAGP strongly objects to the assumption that this will be a GP led service. Its members are outraged that there has been no consultation.

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP), which is the representative body for over 2000 General Practitioners, requests immediate engagement with the Minster for Health regarding his statement that termination of pregnancies will be a ‘GP Led service’.

The NAGP supports the statement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that there needs to be a respectful, informed debate, regarding a potential repeal of the 8th amendment of the Constitution.

However, without consultation, the Minster for Health appears to assume that if there is to be legal abortion in the state, that this service will be GP led.

The NAGP strongly objects to the assumption that this will be a GP led service. Its members are outraged that there has been no consultation.

Dr Emmet Kerin, President of the NAGP remarked: “I was alarmed to hear the Minister’s comments and presumption that the State would direct GPs to lead an abortion service without any engagement with our members to discuss the implications of this notion. The growing disconnect of the Minister and his Department of Health from the frontline service of General Practice is of genuine concern to me.”

Dr Kerin further commented “General Practitioners are dedicated to the health of their patients but feel that their work supporting the increasingly chaotic healthcare system receives no acknowledgment. For the Minister to suggest that our profession should lead out an abortion service without consultation with our member GPs is an affront to our profession and could pose yet another strain on the provision of general practice healthcare services.”

The NAGP strongly urge the Minister for Health to engage with the NAGP
before progressing with the proposed legislation regarding abortion in Ireland.