Wednesday September 23, 2020

GPs sharply divided over free care for under-sixes

Many doctors rail against late May deadline to sign new contract as they complain of pressure

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

16th May, 2015
Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health: expected scheme to be in place by this summer Picture: Collins

GPs are bitterly divided over the plan to give free care to the under-sixes, with many insisting they will not sign the new contract days ahead of the May 25 deadline.

While some GPs believe the contract represents a positive step for general practice, a considerable proportion of those who said they intended to sign up said they felt pressured into doing so.

GPs criticised the short timeline which they were given to sign the contract,...

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