Registration begins today for free GP care for under sixes

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Parents can register their children under 6 for free GP care from today.

60 per cent of the country's doctors have signed up to the scheme, however the Health Minister has indicated he expects three quarters of practices will have signed up for the scheme by the end of the week.

The highest registration rate has been in Donegal, with 94% of GPs registered.

From the 1st of July almost 300,000 children will be eligible to visit their doctor free of charge.

Minister for Primary Care Kathleen Lynch says youngsters will receive two health checks over the course of the plan....................