Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Questions (115)

Carol Nolan

Question:

115. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health if a stakeholder forum will be convened on the crisis affecting the provision of rural general practitioner services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38952/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I acknowledge that General Practice has been through a difficult period. The Agreement on GP Contractual Reform and Service Development concluded in April this year sets out a range of measures which we are implementing in cooperation with GPs everywhere, and also a very substantial increase of €210 million in the resources we allocate to GPs by 2023.

The Agreement includes measures aimed specifically at rural GPs, such as an increase of 10% in the rural GP allowance and an increase in the allowance paid to dispensing GPs. In addition, the Agreement sets out the requirement to undertake a strategic review of GP services within the Agreement’s lifetime.