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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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...

353. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if a replacement general practitioner for a doctor (details supplied) in Kildare has been advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40558/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 353 and 354 together.
As these questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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354. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if interviews have been held for a replacement of a retired general practitioner (details supplied) in Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40559/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 353 and 354 together.
As these questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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373. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health his plans to keep older and newly qualified general practitioners here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39056/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Government is committed to the continued development of GP capacity to ensure that patients across the country continue to have access to GP services and that general practice is sustainable in all areas into the future. I want to ensure that existing GP services are retained and that general practice remains an attractive career option for newly qualified GPs.
Efforts undertaken in recent years to increase the number of practicing GPs include chan...

510. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health if he will ensure that there is a doctor operating in Ballivor, County Meath, five days a week (details supplied). (Question 39724/17 asked on 20 Sep 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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762. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Health if he will review the need for a full time general practitioner service for Monasterevin, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36811/17 asked on 11 Sep 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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1118. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the number of general practitioners working in Kildare town; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37900/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1118 and 1119 together.
As these questions relates to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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1119. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health if there will be an increase in the number of general practitioners working in Kildare town in the coming months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37901/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1118 and 1119 together.
As these questions relates to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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1120. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the action taken when a general practitioners moves from an area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37902/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1120 and 1121 together.
As these questions relates to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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1121. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the average length of time a town waits for a new general practitioner to be assigned when the previous general practitioner retires or moves; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37903/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - General Practitioner Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1120 and 1121 together.
As these questions relates to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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1128. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health his plans to design and implement a structured care programme for heart failure in general practice, drawing on the success of the model for diabetes and asthma; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37922/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - 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 commits to a decisive shift within the health service towards primary care 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 practitioner services will be a key element in fa...