Monday 19 August 2019

Doctors' group 'imploding' after all its council members step down

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The entire national council of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has resigned over concerns about internal governance.

The organisation was set up in 2013 to represent GPs at a time they were suffering the effects of cuts in medical card and other HSE fees imposed during the recession.

In a statement to members last night, NAGP president Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail along with other council members said they had all resigned.

"At last year's AGM concerns were raised about the governance of the NAGP," said the statement.

"Following this, the national council commissioned a governance report from Ampersand, which recommended a new governance structure for the organisation, and we had begun that journey. Subsequently, serious issues of internal governance were brought to the attention of the national council and the directors of the NAGP."

The statement added that "significant efforts were made to resolve these issues through a process of renewal, transparency, and accountability".

"We regret and apologise to our members, that this was not achieved," it said.

"As a result, the national council, whose role is advisory, have tendered their resignation to the directors."

Dr Andrew Jordan, one of the NAGP founders, said last night he was disappointed by the move.

He said it was premature as a change in structures was due to come before its annual meeting next month.

"The organisation is imploding," he said.

Irish Independent

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