THE Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) could be facing legal action after refusing to comply with a deadline of noon yesterday set by the Competition Authority to remove a press release warning that GPs intend to withdraw from some services.
The doctors' union said it had received its own legal advice and believed it was within its rights to withdraw the services, as they involved only pro bono work and were not part of a GP's contract.
A spokesman said it had written to the watchdog rejecting the allegation that it was directly or indirectly trying to fix fees.
The Competition Authority said it had received the correspondence and would issue a statement on the matter today.
The authority had intervened after an IMO press release was issued stating that GPs should no longer take part in primary care teams.