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)

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.