Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (658)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

658. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he has met the Irish Medical Organisation recently; the issues that were discussed; the actions that were taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5261/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I have not met the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) recently. Officials of my Department and the HSE have had a number of meetings with the IMO in recent months. Issues addressed included EWTD, NCHD recruitment and retention and consultant issues. Further meetings are planned to progress these issues.

On 31st January 2014, my colleague Alex White, Minister of State for Primary Care met with the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) to brief them on Government policy concerning the introduction of a universal GP service without fees, and in particular on the first phase concerning children under 6 years of age. The meeting included a briefing on the key features of the draft contract and an update on the consultation process in relation to the content and scope of the contract which will run until 21st February 2014. The IMO undertook to consider the draft contract and to revert within the next three weeks.

Questions Nos. 659 and 660 answered with Question No. 655.