Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (140)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

140. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health if submissions from the Irish Medical Organisation and individual general practitioners are being taken into account in the drafting of legislation to introduce free GP care for children under six years of age. [14704/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

A public consultation process commenced on 31st January last on the content and scope of a new GP contract to facilitate the provision of GP care, free at the point of use, for all children aged under six years of age. However, this consultation process does not relate to the legislation, which is currently being drafted, on foot of a Government decision, to provide the necessary legislative framework for the provision of GP care, free at the point of use, for all children aged five years of age and under. I expect the Bill to be published shortly.