GPs accuse government of abandoning general practice

GPs accuse government of abandoning general practice

Hundreds of GPs will lead a cavalcade of cars to the Dáil tomorrow to protest at the conditions and cuts faced by doctors.

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) is organising the protest which will see a mass gathering of GPs from all around the country gather at Merrion Square before leading a slow drive of 'Doctors on Call' cars to Dáil Éireann.

The association has accused the Government of abandoning general practice and said that without urgent intervention the sector is "not for resuscitation".

It pointed out that Ireland has one of the most expensive yet inefficient health systems in the world and accused the Government of being determined to suffocate and destroy general practice.

The NAGP said young, newly trained GPs are emigrating and older GPs are giving up and retiring early and that years of successive cuts in Government funding for general practice has created an "inefficient unstructured health system, which is now collapsing".

The group said that the number of doctors who can no longer take on any more patients is a growing crisis and that the medical card system can no longer cope, having been "starved of resources for a decade".

Many GPs are having to retire early due to burnout and the group also claimed that there are simply not enough GPs to serve the public need.

The NAGP has called for FEMPI cuts from 2010 to be restored immediately and without pre-conditions.

The FEMPI measures were a series of cuts introduced by the Government between 2009 and 2013.

The NAGP claims that while most of the cuts to public sector workers have been restored, this has not happened for GPs who sustained "the highest cuts of any group of workers".

It has said a continued programme of investment in general practice and primary care over the next 10 years must be established to enable essential reform and develop integrated care.

The protest comes as the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) said it hopes to be able to agree a new deal for GPs with the Government "over the coming weeks".

In a memo to its members, it said that the reversal of FEMPI measures must happen but that GPs must also be willing to offer something in return.

"GPs cannot be treated less equitably than their colleagues in the public service in terms of the reversal of FEMPI. While it is easy for others to set red lines such as full reversal of FEMPI without preconditions that is not negotiation, that is rhetoric which will not deliver anything tangible," said the memo.

The IMO described the talks as "intensive" but said that it hoped a deal could be achieved in the coming weeks.

"However, it is important to state that we are also prepared to walk away from any deal that is not in the best interest of general practice," said the memo.

More on this topic

NAGP fails to clarify progress made following reviewNAGP fails to clarify progress made following review

'My patients simply cannot get the care they deserve': Kerry doctor reveals struggle to keep practice open'My patients simply cannot get the care they deserve': Kerry doctor reveals struggle to keep practice open

GP body claims salary reveal is data breachGP body claims salary reveal is data breach

European Commission taking Ireland to court over doctors' hoursEuropean Commission taking Ireland to court over doctors' hours


More in this Section

New IRA plans under car bomb attack on Sinn Fein members – O’NeillNew IRA plans under car bomb attack on Sinn Fein members – O’Neill

Man who conned elderly woman out of €10,000 jailed for three yearsMan who conned elderly woman out of €10,000 jailed for three years

Fine Gael: We are preparing to go into OppositionFine Gael: We are preparing to go into Opposition

Man killed after being hit by truck following car crash in CorkMan killed after being hit by truck following car crash in Cork


Lifestyle

FOR many of us, health insurance is high on the list of financial products which that we tend to avoid changing out of fear and confusion.Money and Cents: cover all the bases for best health insurance

Anya Taylor-Joy plays the titular Emma in the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic comedy about the spoilt, meddling matchmaker who means well, says Laura HardingAnya Taylor-Joy: ‘Emma is my little monster’

Setting sail to travel the world as part of your job has a romance all of its own but for marketing manager Máire Cronin and engineer Mark Crowe it led to love.Wedding of the Week: Cruise ship co-workers Máire and Mark sail off into sunset

One of the genres that has seen exponential growth in the podcast world is the sleepcast. Open Spotify on your phone in the evening and a number of offerings are available, writes Eoghan O'SullivanThe Podcast Corner: podcasts that will put you to sleep

More From The Irish Examiner