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‘Frustration’ over GP training transfer delay

CEO of the ICGP Mr Fintan Foy has said the College is “frustrated” that the planned transfer of responsibility for GP training from the HSE to the ICGP has yet to take place.

In a statement to the Medical Independent, Mr Foy said discussions on the matter had occurred between both parties in recent weeks, with a partial transfer of training expected by the end of 2020.

While stating that he was pleased talks had yielded progress, he expressed frustration that the matter, which has been under discussion for several years, had yet to be resolved.

“Discussions and negotiations have continued during the summer with all key stakeholders to move towards resolving the industrial relations issues between programme directors and the HSE,” said Mr Foy.

“From an ICGP perspective, while we are frustrated that we are not at the point where the transfer can take place, we are very pleased with the progress that has been made and the commitment to complete same in the coming weeks. “Once the IR [industrial relations] issues have been resolved, the College will then move towards implementation of the transfer of training from the HSE to the College. We would hope that a partial transfer is completed by the end of this year and the full transfer is completed
by June 2021.”

Clarity surrounding the employment status of programme directors and assistant programme directors affected by the proposed transfer of GP training is due by the end of 2020.

The transfer cannot conclude until a decision has been reached on the employment rights and status of directors.

Mr. Fintan Foy

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