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ICGP to seek four GP clinical leads

The development comes following re-engagement between the College and HSE officials around GP involvement in the Clinical Care Programmes in recent months.

Some 14 GP leads withdrew their involvement in the programmes in 2013 due to increased GP workload without transfer of resources and a lack of investment in primary care.

In a letter to then Minister for Health Dr James Reilly explaining the decision, then ICGP Chair Dr Mary Sheehan, and College President Dr Seamus Cryan, said that there had been “no tangible attempt to redirect resources to the primary care sector”.

The letter stated, “the ICGP has provided leadership in difficult times in continuing to engage with the Clinical Care Programmes and it is with regret that the ICGP is withdrawing from them at this point. It is not possible for the ICGP to remain in these programmes in the absence of substantive commitment from the Government and the HSE”.

At the time, GP leads cited a lack of HSE secretarial, research and administrative support as factors relating to their decision to withdraw.

In recent months, discussions on GP involvement in Clinical Care Programmes recommenced.

The ICGP is now set to advertise for the four positions in the near future in the areas of asthma, diabetes, respiratory disease and cardiac disease, a spokesperson for the College confirmed to this newspaper.

The HSE had yet to issue a response at the time of going to press.

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