Friday 25th April 2014. The President of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO)
has said that political interference in the health services was limiting the
potential of Doctors to treat patients properly. Dr. Matthew Sadlier was
speaking on the opening day of the IMO AGM in Kildare this morning.
Thursday 17th April 2014. The Irish Medical Organisation has expressed
"grave concern" at suggestions that the Government intends to force GPs
to sign up to the highly controversial new GMS Contract or lose their
existing GMS patients who are under the age of six. Dr. Ray Walley,
Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO said that on the basis of
newspaper reports today, the Government seemed to be reversing its
previous stance that GPs would be under no obligation to sign up to the
Wednesday 16th April 2014. The Irish Medical Organisation has said the
Government objective of introducing free GP services to all children under
six by the middle of the year is “unachievable”. Dr. Ray Walley, Chairman
of the GP Committee of the IMO, was speaking after it was confirmed that
the Government had approved the text of the relevant legislation (Health
(General Practitioners Service) Bill 2014).
Friday 11 April 2014. The Government’s plans to extend Free GP Visit Cards to Children Under Six
could lead to as many as 750,000 additional visits to GPs a year according to research published in
the April edition of the Irish Medical Journal (IMJ). The research examined GP visiting patterns
involving children under six in different payment categories. It found that average consultation rates
for Children with Free GP Visit Cards was over 5 per annum while the comparable rate for Children
for which fees would be paid was just 2 per annum.
Wednesday 9th April 2014. The Irish Medical Organisation
(IMO) has today written to Minster Alex White TD calling on
him to begin comprehensive negotiations on all the issues
that arise on a new GMS Contract. The IMO has also invited
the Minister to attend an emergency national meeting of GPs
which has been called as part of the forthcoming IMO AGM at
the end of this month.