Chair of the GP Committee: No talks on free healthcare yet

The Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO says they have had no negotiations on free healthcare with the government.

Yesterday the Taoiseach hit back at suggestions that the free GP care for everyone scheme will be abandoned.

Enda Kenny said a review is being carried out into how it could be delivered after it emerged implementing it just for those with long-term illnesses first would be a legal "jungle".

Dr. Ray Walley is Chairman of the GP Committee of the Irish Medical Organisation HE says they have had no correspondence with the government on the issue since February.

"No - there's been no negotiations; the last time we met the Minister for Primary Care was at our behest last February" he said.

"(This was) to clarify the difference between acute care, chronic care, the difference between a free card on the basis of the GMS and what they were proposing".

"He said he would get back to us before the summer - that hasn't occurred yet" he added.