116. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a general practitioner practice (details supplied) which has closed; his views on the impact such a closure has on patient files; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19147/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I understand the company the Deputy is referring to was a private limited company providing medical services to customers that had paid a membership fee.
If a patient experiences difficulties accessing their personal data or medical records following the closure of a medical practice or private company, they should contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner for assistance.
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763. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health his views on the lack of general practitioners here with particular reference to the lack of same in the Fingal area of County Dublin; and the strategies in place to ensure an adequate number of general practitioners is available in Fingal and throughout the State. (Question 15468/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 763 and 764 together.
The Government is committed to delivering more non-acute care within the primary care sector, so that better care closer to home can be provided for communities around the country.
GPs play an important role in the primary care system.  The number of GPs on the specialist register continues to increase – up from 2,270 in 2010 to 3,637 in 2017 and there are now 2,485 GPs contracted to the HSE under t...

764. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the number of general practitioner practices in the Fingal area of County Dublin; the number of these practices that are not accepting new patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15470/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 763 and 764 together.
The Government is committed to delivering more non-acute care within the primary care sector, so that better care closer to home can be provided for communities around the country.
GPs play an important role in the primary care system.  The number of GPs on the specialist register continues to increase – up from 2,270 in 2010 to 3,637 in 2017 and there are now 2,485 GPs contracted to the HSE under t...

1273. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the progress that has been made towards making the holders of long term illness cards eligible for free general practitioner care; the legislative timetable for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17017/13 asked on 16 Apr 2013 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Alex White) (Deputy Alex White): The Programme for Government commits to reforming the current public health system by introducing Universal Health Insurance with equal access to care for all. As part of this, the Government is committed to introducing, on a phased basis, GP care without fees within its first term of office. Primary legislation is required to give effect to Government commitment to introduce a universal GP service without fe...