Do not resuscitate: How the National Association of General Practitioners fell apart

Do not resuscitate: How the National Association of General Practitioners fell apart
Chris Goodey, chief executive, NAGP

Alleged inappropriate spending, unvouched expenses and dysfunctional governance. The confidential reports and real story behind yet another fall from grace of a GP representative body

An explosive story surfaced about the country’s leading medical union, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), in 2013.

There was lavish spending, a private jet and first class flights. The IMO’s former chief executive George McNeice had, somehow, negotiated a pension entitlement that was worth an estimated €20 million (later reduced to about €9.7 million).

The turmoil engulfing the IMO resulted in the rebirth of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP), a rival group where disappointed...

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