Wednesday 20 November 2019

100,000 more GP cards - but doctors full up

Dr Knut Moe
Dr Knut Moe
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

GENERAL practitioner Knut Moe said members of his profession had been left pretty unhappy in general.

One of the big Budget announcements was 100,000 more GP visit cards but Dr Moe (38), who runs Churchtown Family Practice in Dublin with his wife, said the waiting rooms were already at breaking point.

"Of course, as doctors, we absolutely would not be against more people getting GP cards, but it has to be resourced.

"They have made this announcement without saying how they are going to support and pay for it," he said. "How are these people going to find doctors to go to?"

Dr Moe said fewer and fewer doctors were going into general practice because it was not worth it.

"There are people who are resigning, people who are emigrating, there are 660-odd GPs who are looking to retire in the coming years.

"It's going to be a crisis," he said.

Dr Moe said the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act, which reduced fees paid to doctors during the crisis, was crippling general practice.

"We're feeling very disenfranchised, there's a complete lack of dialogue with GPs."

Irish Independent

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