Written answers

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Department of Health

General Practitioner Services

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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449. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Rush, County Dublin will be without a general practitioner delivering HSE contract services; and his views on putting additional supports in place to ensure that medical card holders can access general practitioner services. [29676/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The Government is committed to the continued development of GP capacity to ensure that patients across the country continue to have access to GP services, especially in remote rural areas and also in disadvantaged urban areas, and that general practice is sustainable in all areas into the future. The aim is to ensure that existing GP services are retained and that general practice remains an attractive career option for newly-qualified GPs.

There are currently five GPs providing GMS services to medical card and GP visit card holders in Rush, Co. Dublin. The HSE has advised that one GP that has indicated their intention to resign from the GMS scheme in January 2021 but will continue to provide services until this time. The GMS panel vacancy has been advertised with interviews scheduled to take place during the first week of November 2020.

The HSE is committed to maintaining GP numbers in Rush to ensure that people living in this area have access to GP services.


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