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...