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Challenge to under-sixes GP care
22 May 2015 17:05
The National Association of GPs has started a legal challenge to the Health Service Executive's plan for free GP care for the under-sixes.
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The action was taken by Co Clare based GP, Dr Yvonne Williams, who wants the introduction of the new scheme postponed until the NAGP has an opportunity to negotiate the scheme on behalf of its members.
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It is claimed the proposed scheme will result in changes to Dr William's General Medical Services contract with the HSE.
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She claims the changes to her contract are being imposed on her unilaterally.
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She also says the exclusion of the NAGP from the negotiation of the new contract has "gravely prejudiced" her.
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Her action is being supported by the NAGP, which claims the HSE has acted in breach of contract.
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Mr Justice Anthony Hunt granted Dr Williams permission to serve short notice of the proceedings against the HSE.
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The application was made ex-parte, where only one side was represented in court.
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The judge made the matter returnable to Wednesday of next week.
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