Written answers

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Department of Health

General Practitioner Contracts

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent)
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135. To ask the Minister for Health the changes he is considering regrading the reversal of FEMPI based cuts to general practitioner funding. [51410/17]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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I acknowledge the contribution made by general practitioners and other health professionals who provide services under contract on behalf of the HSE, through reductions in the fees in respect of these services, to addressing the unprecedented economic crisis which the State faced over recent years.

In the context of the publication by my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, of the Public Service Pay and Pension Bill 2017, on 7 November 2017, I announced that in 2018 I will undertake a process of engagement with representative bodies of contracted health professionals, aimed at putting in place a new multi-annual approach to fees, in return for service improvement and contractual reform and in line with Government priorities for the health service.


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