MINISTER for Health Leo Varadkar got involved in a Twitter spat this evening over free GP care for Under 6s.
The Minister tweeted: “Under 6: 40k kids now registered, 74% of GPs signed up”
However Cork-based GP Jim Harty replied: “Divide and conquer worked this time @campaignforleo. U6 an interim contract. Next contract needs vision not stroke politics. #leadership”
Minister Varadkar replied: “In the real world of hard politics it makes it harder to argue for more cash for primary care. Cop on. Soon. Please”.
The scheme has met with fierce resistance from some GPs, with many refusing to sign up.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar said he expected between 80pc-90pc of doctors to take part by the end of the year, but there would be some areas with poor coverage.
The scheme is part of a wider review of the Government's universal healthcare plan to end the two-tier system, which now looks like being scaled back when a revised version appears in the next pre-election manifesto.
Mr Varadkar said: "We are behind schedule." But he added: "We want to make it happen."