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Talks on new GP contract to start next month

The existing General Medical Services contract was devised over forty years ago.

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THE IRISH MEDICAL Organisation will enter substantive talks with the Department of Health and the HSE on a new GP contract.

It will replace the forty year old General Medical Services contract – the first talks are scheduled for next month.

The IMO says it intends to conduct a detailed and comprehensive consultation process on a new GP contract with its members over the coming months.

Doctor Ray Walley, Chair of the IMO GP Committee said, “The future of General Practice depends on a dedicated plan, dedicated and ring-fenced budgets and realistic goals that are based on medical evidence”.

This is in addition to discussions being held on free GP care for children under 6 – which the IMO is opposed to.

Walley said, “We are strongly of the view that any further extension must be on the grounds of income and medical need. This is the fairest way to deliver care.”

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