181. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Health his plans to increase the number of general practitioners in communities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20326/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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 3,661 as of 1st May 2018 and there are now 2,491 GPs contracted by the HSE under the GMS scheme compared to 2,098 in 2008. It...

275. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health if general practitioners work out of hours in the primary care centre in Castlebar, County Mayo; if not, the reason therefor; if arrangements for general practitioners to work out of hours in the centre will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19714/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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42. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Health the action being taken to ensure that rural Ireland has sufficient general practitioner cover; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17092/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): General Practitioners play an important role in the primary care system. The number of General Practitioners on the specialist register continues to increase – up from 2,270 in 2010 to 3,637 at the end of 2017 and the number of GPs contracted by the HSE under the GMS scheme has also risen from 2,098 in 2008 to 2,485 as of 1 April 2018. 
The Government is aware of the manpower issues facing general practice and has taken steps to increase the numbers of...

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...

1031. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the roll-out of the proposed out-of-hours general practitioner service for north County Wicklow; if a service provider has been selected; the service to be provided; the scheduled start date for the service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16770/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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213. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health if full-time general practitioner cover has been restored to a hospital (details supplied). (Question 14387/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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389. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the number of areas in County Wexford that do not have a general practitioner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13873/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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131. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health when a permanent general practitioner will be assigned to Waterville, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8878/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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278. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health when a general practitioner will be appointed to Waterville, County Kerry in view of the fact that this area is without a permanent general practitioner since January 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8059/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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326. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health when a resident general practitioner will be provided in an area (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8234/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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12. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Health if funding will be allocated for the delivery of a general practitioner out-of-hours service for north County Wicklow in the HSE service plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6109/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Deputy John Brady: In October 2016, the Minister announced he had secured the funding to roll out a GP out-of-hours service in his constituency of Wicklow and specifically in the north Wicklow area, which is one of the last major urban areas in the State to have a dedicated HSE-funded out-of-hours service. It was due to come into operation in early 2017 and mysteriously the funding was pulled. Will the Minister update the House about that service which was due to be rolled out in 2017 and if t...

236. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 has had their general practitioner changed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6633/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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199. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Health his views on the fact that medical card holders in Finglas have been transferred to a general practitioner in Ballymun; if he will address the need for a general practitioner in Finglas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6220/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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200. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Health the status of the development of the primary care centre for Finglas; if this development will be expedited due to medical card holders in the area being left without a general practitioner and being referred to services in Ballymun; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6221/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE has advised that the provision of a Primary Care Centre in Finglas remains a high priority. A final location for this centre has not yet been confirmed, however I understand that the HSE is in discussions in relation to a suitable site in Finglas. Once final agreement has been reached in relation to the purchase of a suitable site, the HSE will confirm the location and the proposed timeframe to deliver this much needed facility.
In the relatio...

223. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the status of the negotiation of the new general practitioner contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2631/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The development of primary care is central to the Government’s objective to deliver a high-quality, integrated and cost effective health service. The Programme for Government and Sláintecare commit to shifting the model of healthcare towards a more comprehensive and accessible primary care service in order to deliver better care close to home in communities across the country. The development of a new, modernised contract for the provision of general pr...

121. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Health if funding will be allocated for the delivery of a general practitioner out-of-hours service for north County Wicklow in the HSE service plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2242/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I remain committed to the development of an improved GP out of hours service for North Wicklow which can provide the appropriate level of cover for the population of the area. The development of such a service will allow GPs to participate fully in the provision of an integrated healthcare system providing medical services that are appropriate, timely and effective, easily accessible and responsive to the needs of patients. 
The HSE National Primary Ca...

337. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of a new general practitioner for Lixnaw, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53033/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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178. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Health if he received a petition requesting him to establish a general practitioner out-of-hours service for north Wicklow; if progress has been made on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52131/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I am aware of the petition referred to by the Deputy regarding GP out of hours services in North Wicklow. I recognise the need for an improved out of hours service for North Wicklow which can provide the appropriate level of cover for the population of the area. The development of such a service would allow GPs to participate fully in the provision of an integrated healthcare system providing medical services that are appropriate, timely and effective, ...

334. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health his Department’s estimated full-year cost of providing free general practitioner care to all the population. (Question 51153/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The framework under which general practitioners are remunerated for the provision of services to holders of a medical card or GP visit card is comprised of a number of elements, principally an annual capitation payment per patient, additional fee-per-service payments and a range of practice supports. To estimate the cost of the provision of care free at the point of use to the full population would require a detailed modelling exercise.
The Deputy will ...

205. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health if a replacement general practitioner has been identified to replace the existing retiring general practitioners in Waterville, County Kerry, in view of the fact locals fear the area will be left without a general practitioner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45139/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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296. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health if general practitioner cover will be provided for Fermoy Community Hospital, County Cork. (Question 43498/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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435. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that if a person does not have a medical card a doctor will not be assigned by the HSE; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that no private general practitioner practices in County Carlow are accepting new persons; and the way in which a person is expected to live and work if they do not have access to basic healthcare, such as a visit to a general practitioner. (Question 42311/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Persons who do not hold a medical card or GP visit card access GP services on a private basis. Details of the numbers of private patients attending particular GPs are not collected by the Department of Health or the HSE.
GPs are private contractors and issues relating to the acceptance of private patients or payment of fees outside the terms of the GMS contract are a matter of private contract between the clinician and his/her patients. While I have n...

47. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health when he plans to further extend eligibility for free general practitioner care. (Question 40940/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The introduction of GP care without fees to all people over 70 and all children under 6 years of age which commenced in 2015 represents a major step forward in improving access, quality and affordability of health care in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to extending in phases, and subject to negotiation with GPs, free GP care to all children under 18 years of age. 
Legislative changes will be required for any such extension of GP care wit...

155. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Health if he will establish a general practitioner out-of-hours service in north Wicklow; if not, the reasons therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41027/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - 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 this contractual requirement, such services have been developed and expanded over time and are now an essential part of our primary care s...