The Government is facing growing opposition to its plan for universal healthcare as well as controversial new legislation allow the free GP care for children under six which is to be approved tomorrow (Tuesday).
At the meeting attended by up on 170 GPs in the Abbey Hotel this evening they were joined by members of the Oireachtas, the GPs reaffirmed their widespread opposition to the plans which they said “have been drawn up without any consultation.”
Chris Godfrey of the National Association of General Practitioners told the assembled doctors and TDs that there has been no meaningful negotiation in respect of the resources necessary to provide the service.
He said,” The vast majority of GPs have indicated that they will not sign up for this contract. This is for a myriad of reasons-ethical, moral, logistical and social.”
Deputies Joe McHugh, Thomas Pringle, Pearse Doherty, Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Michael Coolreavy attended the meeting.
Up to 500 GPs are set to protest in Dublin on Wednesday against the plan.
For full story see the Donegal Democrat on Thursday.