The National Association of GPs has called on the Minister of Health to engage with the representative body regarding his intent to prepare legislation to enable a GP-led scheme of abortion up to 12 weeks in Ireland.

The association represents around 2,000 family doctors and has said it strongly objects to the assumption that this will be a GP-led service.

NAGP President Dr Emmet Kerin said that his members are outraged that there has been no consultation.

He said there was a presumption that the State would direct GPs to lead an abortion service, without any engagement with NAGP members to discuss the implications of the notion.

Dr Kerin also said in a statement that "the growing disconnect of the Minister and his Department of Health from the frontline service of General Practice is of genuine concern" to him.