As Chair of Communications, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the new NAGP website. We have been working hard to deliver a new and improved website where you can find all the information you need as an NAGP member, public representative, journalist, healthcare colleague or patient.
The new website has been designed to be user-friendly and to be shared with your contacts and social media network across the relevant platforms if required.
For the first time, there is a members only area where you will find the latest NAGP newsletters, magazines and other publications. There is also a message board where important messages for members will be highlighted.
I hope this website is a positive reflection of the progress the NAGP has made over the last three and a half years since its relaunch as the organisation that represents and fights for the interests and welfare of GPs, and GPs only, within our health service. It is crucial that we have no other mandate and no other conflict in terms of now nearly 1800 GPs we represent.
A crucial milestone in this endeavour has been the confirmation this year by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, that the NAGP will be negotiating the new GMS contract on behalf of our members. In addition, the highly successful inaugural Primary Care Partnership conference took place; we have been hosting nationwide clinical meetings and contract consultations for GPs in an effort to make sure we are representing the views of our members at the negotiating table; we will see the launch of GP Online, the NAGP’s cloud-based Practice Management System and video health service; we have expanded our team of professional staff; and our membership has grown to 1800 GPs. We are the country’s largest GP representative body and the only organisation solely representing General Practice.
2016 has certainly been a year of great progress and success for the NAGP. We are eager to begin negotiations on a new contract as soon as possible. We are in continuous contact with the Department of Health and Minister Harris on this issue and are hopeful of seeing this process start before the end of the year.
Our final clinical meetings take place on the 26th November; 3rd December; and 10th December and I strongly encourage you to attend and give your opinion on what we need in a new contract. I am delighted at the opportunity to chair the contract consultation at the meeting in Galway on the 3rd December and look forward to meeting some of you there.
Our new website, like the NAGP, will continue to evolve to reflect the needs of members and colleagues. I welcome your feedback on the new website including any aspects that you feel could be improved.
Dr. Liam Glynn
NAGP Chair of Communications