135. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the rights a person has when a general practitioner patient dispute occurs; if there are procedures in place to resolve these disputes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16833/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 to 139, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to operational matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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136. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if a general practitioner can unilaterally decide to remove medical card patients that they deem difficult without a patient’s ability to challenge this decision or have access to a process that will adjudicate the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16834/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 to 139, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to operational matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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137. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if the process of general practitioner removal of medical card patients from their list will be examined; if there are policies, structures and patient representation in place in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16835/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 to 139, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to operational matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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138. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if there are statistics available regarding the number of medical card and private patients removed from general practitioner lists and the reasons for removal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16836/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 to 139, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to operational matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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139. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health his plans to ensure that general practitioner patients have full rights and protection in patient general practitioner disputes including a right to challenge a general practitioner decision and to protect their good name, especially in relation to sourcing another general practitioner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16837/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 to 139, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to operational matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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457. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if he will support the west Clare community request that all the recently cut Shannondoc primary care medical services be restored to Kilrush, Ennistymon and Killaloe and that the 24-hour emergency department in Ennis General Hospital will be reopened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34481/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): General Practitioners contracted under the General Medical Services Scheme must make suitable arrangements to enable contact to be made with them, or a locum/deputy, for emergencies outside normal practice hours. While there is no obligation on GPs to participate in GP out-of-hours cooperatives as a means of meeting the contractual requirement, such services have been developed and expanded over time and are now an essential part of our primary care se...

82. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the action he is taking to progress the development and staff levels and contracts of general practitioners, including the provision of care free at the point of use to children under 12 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20943/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 27, 82 and 552 together.
There have been significant developments in the general practice service recently, with more services being made available to our citizens and additional support provided by the HSE. Under a Framework Agreement, signed in 2014, the HSE, Department of Health and IMO are currently engaged in a comprehensive review of the GMS and other publicly funded health sector contracts involving GPs. A number ...