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Our two-tier health care must be fixed

THE Government wants to roll out free GP care for under-6s this year, but one doctors' group says ministers are putting the cart before the horse with the scheme.

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has urged the country's 2,300 GPs not to cooperate with the plan until what they described as a "two-tier" system is fixed.

Shockingly, the organisation claims that life-expectancy in Dublin is seven years less for people living north of the Liffey than on the southside.

They point out that despite the disparity there are almost twice the number of GPs per head of population in south Dublin.

Nobody could argue that Ireland's children shouldn't have the best health care possible, and every assistance that can be given to parents is welcomed.

However, it's up to health chiefs to ensure that it doesn't come at the expense of others who desperately need care, and that it doesn't worsen any inequalities that do exist.