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)

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.