Free GP Care Due to Start in Summer

30 April 2012

Roisin Shorthall

Ms Roisin Shortall TD, Minister of State for Primary Care on Wednesday 25th April, announced that the Government has given its approval to the preparation by the Department of Health to progress the phased introduction of a free GP care in line with the commitment in the Programme for Government.

It is envisaged that the first phase in the Programme will provide for the extension of access to GP services without fees to persons with illnesses or disabilities currently in the Long-Term Illness Scheme.
The Minister indicated that it was her intention that the legislation be drafted and enacted before the summer recess.