Written answers

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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175. To ask the Minister for Health his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding access to care for unvaccinated persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60864/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The HSE Guidance on Managing Risk of Transmission of Respiratory Viruses Including COVID-19 in General Practicesets out the measures to manage the risk transmission of Covid-19 in general practice.

General practice has continued to operate during the Covid-19 public health emergency and GPs see patients face to face where necessary, albeit with infection-control measures in place. In response to the pandemic, it has been necessary for GPs to triage patient in-person contact with GP surgeries as much as possible, to help prevent the spread of the virus and for the protection of patients and staff. GPs are performing assessments over the phone to determine if a patient needs to attend the surgery. Where clinically indicated, the GP will arrange an appointment to see the patient in the surgery.

GPs continue to carry out telephone and face to face consultations in line with their clinical judgement. No directive has issued from either the Department of Health or the HSE on this matter. It is expected that normal clinical practice should be accessible to all patients, in line with normal risk assessment procedures.


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