The Irish Medical Organisation, which represents over 2,000 GPs, has launched a major campaign seeking increased resources for General Practice.
The campaign is seeking to promote:
• A five-fold increase in the portion of the health budget spent on General Practice with a corresponding plan for increased patient services. Currently just 2% of the Irish health budget goes to General Practice as opposed to 9% of the health budget in the UK.
• A commitment to ensuring the preservation of a community based, same-day appointment service for General Practice.
• An agreed strategy for the development of General Practice in Ireland over the coming decade with a particular focus on extending the range of services provided through General Practice.
• An action plan for the manpower needs of General Practice to address the growing shortage of GPs.
Speaking today, Dr. Ray Walley, Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO said that the campaign would put the importance of General Practice centre stage; “Because it is so accessible, many policy makers and politicians overlook the critical role played by General Practice.”