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# Dáil Debate
Nomination of ex-FF Senator and NAGP lobbyist to Sipo labelled 'outrageous' by opposition
Geraldine Feeney is listed as having lobbied on behalf of the now defunct doctor’s union.
# Leaders' Questions
Varadkar accused of throwing former NAGP president ‘under the bus'
Leo Varadkar says he does not “as standard” retain text messages, but retains official emails
# short cut
Leo Varadkar apologises for 'errors of judgement', says he is 'not close friends' with Dr Ó Tuathail
The Tánaiste is facing questions from TDs on the controversy.
Who were the NAGP, the doctors' group at the centre of the Leo Varadkar leaking controversy?
The association had a colourful history before going into liquidation last year.
# not best practice
Taoiseach says he has confidence in Leo Varadkar, says no laws were broken
The Taoiseach said it was not best practice and was inappropriate to share a document of this kind in that way with the NAGP.
# not best practice
Former head of NAGP says it was 'wrong' to not have access to GP contract
Leo Varadkar is expected to answer questions in the Dáil tomorrow regarding this new controversy.
Fianna Fáil minister says Varadkar's actions not 'appropriate' and calls for 'very frank' Dáil statement
Timeline: GP contract negotiations, the draft deal and Leo Varadkar's actions
# Questions
Fianna Fáil minister says Varadkar's actions not 'appropriate' and calls for 'very frank' Dáil statement
Paschal Donohoe backed Leo Varadkar, even as pressure grows on the Tánaiste.
# anatomy of a scandal
Timeline: GP contract negotiations, the draft deal and Leo Varadkar's actions
What happened with the draft deal in the spring of 2019?
# Tánaiste
Varadkar acknowledges sharing GP agreement was 'not best practice' but rejects wrongdoing
Allegations that Varadkar breached a number of laws were made in a story by the Village magazine.
# Pressure
'Grave concerns' as president and council of national GP group resign
There had been “serious issues of internal governance” at the National Association of General Practitioners, a statement said.
# national association of general practicioners
GPs hit out at 'inappropriate' reports that doctors will receive up to €450 for abortion services
Reports today suggested that an agreement had been reached over how much doctors would receive for performing terminations.
# Bad Form
GPs accuse Dept of 'using vulnerable patients as fodder' in row over illness benefit forms
The Department of Social Protection has accused GPs of delaying the payouts of illness benefits.
# Health Fail
Attempt to remove patients from hospital waiting lists 'a national disgrace', National Association of GPs says
It’s claimed that the most vulnerable in society are being affected
# Abortion
'New Zealand option' may provide resolution to stand-off between Harris and GPs
Doctors in NZ who conscientiously object to abortion must inform patients that services are available elsewhere.
# Abortion Services
Simon Harris: Stance of GP group 'flies in the face of care and compassion'
The NAGP has insisted onward referral of a patient should not be compulsory.
# doctors for choice
'We need an accessible service': Cork doctors set up group to ensure abortion provision for all communities
Dr Mary Favier said that she expects groups like the one in Cork to be operating around the country.
# Eighth Amendment
GPs group calls on Harris to ensure doctors must 'opt in' to provide abortion services
The NAGP passed a series of motions after an emergency meeting today following the result of the referendum.
# Abortion Pills
GPs to hold emergency meeting to discuss referendum result
Abortion services are expected to be GP-led.
# maitiú ó tuathail
The new head of the GP union is younger than Simon Harris - and has a big battle on his hands
Ireland’s newest doctors are fleeing the country – but the latest head of Ireland’s GP union, the NAGP, Maitiú Ó Tuathail is only 29.
'A knife was pulled on me for refusing a prescription': GPs want more protection from violent patients
A union representing GPs say there’s been an increase in the number of attacks on their members over the past several years; GPs want the HSE to put a process in place to protect staff and patients.
# not enough money
'In a utopian society there would be free GP care. In reality, we can't do that'
Doctors are struggling with a jump in consultations and lack of resources.
# Cash Injection
GPs welcome HSE assertion that €9 billion needed to save Irish health service
HSE director general Tony O’Brien argued today that the HSE is in need of significant and immediate investment in order to save the health service.
# not on us
Doctors defend charging medical card patients for blood tests
Some GPs continue to pass the cost of the tests onto medical card holders, a practice not sanctioned by the HSE.
# Appointments
Leinster has longest GP waiting times for patients while Munster has shortest
The average waiting time for a GP has soared from just under 10 hours in 2010 to over 34 hours.
# Your Say
Do the GPs objecting to free care for the under-sixes have a point?
The Minister for Health is delighted that 40,000 children are now registered for free medical care, but Irish doctors are not so impressed.
# gloves are off
Leo tells GPs to "cop on" in heated exchange over under-sixes
The minister was accused of stroke politics and he was having none of that.
# How many?
Dispute over figures on how many GPs have signed up for under 6s contract
Minister Lynch has rejected the suggestion that the information provided by her was inaccurate.
# Controversial
Doctors' group says free GP care for under-sixes deal is "medical apartheid"
The IMO President, meanwhile, warned of a “crisis of morale” in the health services.
# tb or not tb
Half of Irish GPs are in debt and wish they'd done something else
And 66% would advise their children to pick a different career
# must have missed that memo
Apparently GPs can renew medical cards - but did anyone tell GPs?
Who told whom what, and when?
# angry doctors
What does James Reilly think of being described as the worst health minister in history?
Doctors have claimed politicians are implementing policies designed to get them more votes rather than create a good heath service.
# Doctors
Half of Ireland's GPs are working more than 50 hours per week
Doctors say their mental health has been affected by the pressure they’re now under.
# Doctors
GPs to protest for the first time ever, but services 'won't be affected' while they're out on the streets
Just over 300 doctors are expected to attend the protest, organised by the National Association of General Practitioners.
Up to 3,000 doctors set to leave Ireland
The National Association of General Practitioners is hoping that Leo Varadkar will step in to reverse cuts which affect them.
# free gp care
Doctors call for 'Robin Hood' approach to medical card crisis
The NAGP want the government to divert money that’s ring-fenced for free under six care to discretionary medical cards.
# GP
GPs have this stark warning for their former colleague James Reilly...
The NAGP say the latest round of cuts will undermine patient care and could result in GP practices closing.