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ICGP focuses on ‘weathering the storm’

27 Feb 2014

By Lloyd Mudiwa.

The draft GP contract for the provision of free GP care to under-sixes is clearly a blueprint for the extension of general practice services to the entire population, making it important to get the issue of resources right at this stage, the ICGP has commented.


The College’s Medical Director Dr Margaret O’Riordan was referring to the lack of negotiations and provision of resources in relation to the introduction of the free GP care for under-sixes scheme in the context of the programme of the forthcoming ICGP National Conference, which is being held under the theme ‘Weathering the Storm — Maintaining Quality of Patient Care’, at the Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel, on March 8.
Dr O’Riordan, who will present a talk entitled ‘General Practice is the Solution, Not the Problem’, told IMT: “You can tell it is really not an under-sixes contract, but a blueprint for a full population primary health service from the introduction in the scope of service of annual medication usage reviews and a focus on illness prevention and structured care of chronic conditions. There are very few children under six who would need these services.”
The College will use the meeting to highlight that general practice has a good, strong record of achievement when properly resourced, as demonstrated by the high uptake rate in the childhood immunisation scheme and structured care in diabetes, she said.
Also at the conference, Prof Jim Lucey, Medical Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, and economist David McWilliams, will speak respectively on ‘Recession — Impact on General Practitioners and on Patients’ and ‘An Economist’s Perspective on General Practice/Primary Care in the Current Climate’.
A panel featuring Dr Peter Sloane, Director of the Network of Establishing GPs, Dr Tadhg Crowley, IMO GP Committee, Dr Conor McGee, NAGP President, and Dr Seamus Cryan, ICGP President, will address ‘The Themes Emerging from Today’ and explore the way forward.

27 February 2014

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