Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to clarify to the Oireachtas why he has misled the Dáil in relation to the number of GP’s which have signed up to the proposed free GP care plan for children under six. Deputy McGrath went on to say that the Taoiseach’s claim during yesterdays Dáil Order of Business, that up to 100 general practitioners per day are signing up to the new contract, was an outrageous and misleading overestimate:
“I challenged the Taoiseach to explain why only two GP’s in the whole of Tipperary had signed up the proposed new contract.
His reply to the effect that up 100 GP’s per day are signing up was immediately obvious as, at worst a misleading and at best a grossly uninformed assertion that would not stand up to a moments scrutiny.
If the numbers that the Taoiseach provided to the House were correct then that would mean in the last ten days alone over a thousand GP’s would have signed up.
However, the figures given to me indicate that at the absolute maximum there have been a total of around 300 throughout the Country.
I would also like the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to explain why it is that the HSE have not yet published the list of GP’s who have signed up.
That list was supposed to go live on Monday and yet there is no sign of it.
I am offering my full support to the National Association of General Practitioners (NAPG) who are today in the High Court seeking an injunction against the forced implementation of the new contract scheme.
It is a model of care that is unworkable, coercive, and ultimately disruptive of the ability of GP’s to offer the kind of stable long term care to families which has been a mark of the trust placed in them over generations,” concluded Deputy McGrath.