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Saturday 20 September 2014

GPs are under pressure with free care plan

Published 27/02/2014 | 02:30

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Free GP care is planned for children under six. Picture posed/THINKSTOCK

GPs would need to work more than 70 hours a week under a draft contract as part of plans to provide free care for the under sixes, it is claimed.

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The Irish College of General Practitioners, the professional body for family doctors, said the document places enormous, and in some cases inappropriate, responsibility on GPs.

Junior Health Minister Alex White, who has responsibility for bringing in free GP care for the under-sixs later this year, said: "I will be inviting them (GP bodies) to meet with the Department of Health and the HSE for detailed discussions on the scope of the draft contract.

"This will afford them the fullest opportunity to raise any and all issues which they may have regarding the draft contract and indeed to make their own proposals as to how it may be improved."

Irish Independent

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