Thursday, 30 June 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
54. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Health the person who will be assigned responsibility for carrying out negotiations with general practitioners on the new general medical services contract. [17888/11]
The Programme for Government provides for the introduction of a new contract with General Practitioners (GPs) with an increased emphasis on the management of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. I would envisage that the new contract will also focus on prevention and will include a requirement for GPs to provide care as part of integrated multidisciplinary Primary Care Teams.
The preparation of a revised contract will be advanced by officials of the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive. There will be a full consultation process with relevant stakeholders. I will oversee the work of the officials, in consultation with my colleague, the Minister for Health.
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