GP revolt over free care for children under six
The government has promised GP care for children under six from this summer, but many doctors view the project as unworkable, writes Susan Mitchell.
Dr Helen O'Neill operates from a 12-year-old prefabricated building when working as a GP out-of-hours in Co Meath. The building is owned by the Health Service Executive. O'Neill describes the place as having lights missing, a toilet that is out of order, flaky paint on the walls and rainwater pouring in at various different points.
For O'Neill, the building reflects the HSE's commitment to general practice: non-existent. As for the government ministers attempting to introduce...
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