Written Answers. - GMS Funding.

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asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied there will be sufficient funding to finance the GMS until the end of the year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

On various occasions, I have publicly expressed my deep concern at the ongoing, trend towards very significant and recurring annual increases in the costs of the GMS scheme, at the very time when stringent cost containment measures are, of necessity being applied in other areas of the public health services.

However, I remain confident that sufficient funding will be available in respect of all expenditure required within this calendar year.