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The Executive announced that the process would include an omnibus survey, a variety of focus groups with stakeholders and a public consultation survey.
“The survey and wider engagement process will inform us as we improve and build a better primary care and GP service for the people who need and use our services throughout the country,” the Executive said in a statement.
“This input from patients, GPs and key stakeholders will be a rich source of information for the upcoming GP Contract negotiations.”
The vast majority of people living in Ireland use GP (family doctor) services each year for themselves and their families. The HSE’s latest figures (2015 PCRS annual report) show that almost 2.2 million people or 47 per cent of the population is covered by a medical card or a GP visit card.
“The GP contract sets out what type of services are provided by the GPs to GMS Medical Card and GP visit card holders,” according to the HSE
“The negotiation process with representative bodies will commence in December 2016.”
From today until Monday 5 December, members of the public are being invited to make their voice heard by completing an online survey (www.hse.ie/mygpsurvey
“This is a very important initiative that will help us to shape the type of Primary Care and GP services that we would all like to have into the future,” said Mr Paul Connors, HSE National Director of Communications.
“The survey takes approximately seven minutes to complete and the information supplied is anonymous. A range of themes are covered, including areas that are working well in GP and primary care services, and those that can be improved or expanded. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the continuing improvement in GP and primary care services in Ireland. We are encouraging everyone to make their voice heard”.