Minister Alex White insists Government still committed to universal free GP care

Tuesday 14 May 2013 11.44
A plan to introduce free GP care for 60,000 people with long-term illnesses was meant to be in place by March
A plan to introduce free GP care for 60,000 people with long-term illnesses was meant to be in place by March

Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White has told a doctors' conference in Galway that the Government is committed to free GP care.

During an address at the annual conference of the Irish College of General Practitioners, Mr White said there will be clarity on the plan within six weeks.

A plan to introduce free GP care for 60,000 people with long-term illnesses was meant to be in place by March 2012, but has not happened.

The plan has been delayed by what the Government says are legal problems.

Another motion is very critical of the commissioning of Primary Care Centres, describing it as "fundamentally flawed, dysfunctional and discredited".

Mr Delap said the message from the ICGP had not changed on Primary Care and it anticipated that people with chronic illnesses would be treated by GPs.

The annual conference also heard debates on abortion.