The Irish Medical Organisation has told the Competition Authority it does not believe it is in breach of competition law as a result of its GPs deciding to withdraw from certain services over cuts in State fees.

The authority is now expected to begin legal proceedings in the High Court against the IMO.

The authority had saught the reversal of a decision by GPs to withdraw from primary care teams, community intervention teams and chronic disease care programmes.

The authority said self-employed general practitioners are subject to competition law, as they are private businesses, unlike employees who may act collectively, represented by a union.