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Free GP care on doctors' agenda
25 Apr 2014 07:07
A row over Government plans for free GP care for children under-six is expected to dominate the annual conference of the Irish Medical Organisation, which gets under way in Co Kildare today.
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Doctors will also discuss the retirement package of the union's former chief executive officer, George McNeice, a year after his departure.
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GPs do not believe that proper funding is in place for free GP care and are opposed to the minister setting their fees and being able to cut them at any time.
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Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White will try to encourage doctors to enter talks about talks, when he addresses the AGM tomorrow.
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He has rejected claims that GPs will be swamped with extra patients.
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Doctors may also decide to hold a ballot on whether an independent review should examine how Mr McNeice was entitled to a retirement package of over €20m.
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They are over 100 motions for debate at the IMO's annual conference over the two days.
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