“Bullyboy tactics by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection may force GP’s to resign from the Illness and Injury Benefit Schemes” McGrath

“Bullyboy tactics by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection may force GP’s to resign from the Illness and Injury Benefit Schemes” McGrath

Independent TD for Tipperary, Mattie McGrath has described as bullyboy tactics efforts by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to introduce new claim forms called “IB1” and a new medical certificate called “MED1” to replace the old MC1 and MC2 forms for certification of the Department’s Illness and Injury Benefit Schemes on General Practitioners.

Commenting on the introduction of the altered schemes Deputy McGrath said;

“Since introducing the new process, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has failed to provide General Practitioners with any more illness certificates which they need and are in fact the only documents that GP’s have a contract for, to provide to their patients.

The Department has unilaterally altered all documentation required for Social Welfare certification, is refusing to issue GP’s with the former MC1 and MC2 forms and as a consequence GP’s will be no longer able to issue certificates from the end of August. This will inevitably cause problems with patient’s payments and cause further strain on vulnerable patients who are in need of these payments to live.

The new measures were introduced without prior consultation with the NAGP representative body of GP’s, gave them only a week’s notice of the change and will introduce a further workload on already stretched practices. I am extremely fearful that it may force individual GP’s who have contracts with the Department, to resign from the Scheme.

This will undoubtedly become a crisis in the coming weeks, and I have called on Minister Regina Doherty to immediately reinstate the former MC1 and MC2 schemes pending further consultation with the GP representative body, the NAGP,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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  1. The majority of GPS in County Wexford are using copies of the original forms. The Dept. Of Social Protection is happy to process original old forms but for some reason cases of delayed payments to Patients when perfect scanned and printed copies of the old forms are used are coming up everywhere. Is the Dept. deliberately withholding payment to Patients and using them as pawns to get their own agenda forced through? Most GPS I know are using copies of the old forms to offer Patients the documentation that we always have but now we are doing it for nothing as the Dept. refuses to pay GPS for copies of the old forms and refuses to issue further old forms. Basically, the Dept. Insists GPS do it their way with no prior warning, training or negotiation and certainly no collaboration or agreement. GPS cannot keep taking hits and giving in to protect our Patients. Whilst GPS are ideally placed to sick certificate it is not our main duty. We are there to treat the sick. Over 20 GPS in County Wexford alone have lodged resignation letters from the Dept. of Social Protection contract with the NAGP. I hope the Dept. Will see sense and start working and negotiating with GPS because if not I fear GPS will remove themselves from any working relationship with the Dept.. this will be disaterous for Patients and totaĺly the fault of the bullying approach of the Dept..

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