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NAGP CEO Mr Chris Goodey confirmed that the Association has held “preliminary discussions” with the British Medical Association (BMA) and other parties and hopes to make an appointment before the end of this month.
“We are talking to a lot of potentials and are aiming to get the best expertise and experience possible to join our team,” he told MI.
Minister for Health Simon Harris recently announced that a stakeholders conference on primary care will take place this month in advance of the recommencement of actual contract negotiations. After IMO criticism over the delay in talks recommencing, the Department of Health recently told MI that the Minister is “anxious” the talks start up again “within the coming weeks”.
Meanwhile, Mr Goodey also revealed that the NAGP’s 2017 AGM will take place next May in Maynooth, Co Kildare, while the Primary Care Partnership conference, which took place for the first time in January in Co Kildare, will take place next year in March in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
The NAGP held its inaugural charity ball in Limerick last month, which raised in excess of €16,000 for the Midwest Simon Community.