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.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
6th April, 2014
GP revolt over free care for children under six
There is an impasse between the IMO and the Department of Health on the issue of GP care for under-sixes. Picture: Thinkstock

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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