Monday 25 September 2017

Letters: Increased GP workload will hurt patients

Health Minister James Reilly. Photo: Tom Burke
Health Minister James Reilly. Photo: Tom Burke

* I recently took part in 'Operation Transformation's' National Blood Pressure Day. I was concerned at the number of people who came to get their blood pressure done who are not taking their tablets regularly because of cost.

At the same time, I have just received a letter from Health Minister James Reilly in reply to concerns I raised with him about the impact that the under-fives' GP visit card might have on my workload and therefore the time I could give to some of my other patients, including those with complex physical or psychological problems.

His words were: "It is not possible to be definitive about the average increase in workload resulting from the introduction of this measure, however the increase in the total number of GP visits arising is expected to be low as parents already bring their children to their GP, as necessary, regardless of whether they have to pay."

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