Expand primary and community care
People want to access their GP services when they need them. Primary and community care plays an essential role in enhancing health outcomes and limiting costs.
The country’s primary and community care system needs to be developed as it invaluable for preventing the progression of conditions that could ultimately require acute hospital care. It will also provide the right environment to enable earlier discharges from hospital.
At the heart of primary care must be the family GP. Fianna Fáil values our family doctors, appreciates the work they do and believes that GP services must be properly resourced.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to expand primary care
Make primary care a budget priority
Reorganise the proportion of our health budget going to primary care as to match the international benchmark. This will include targets for the readjusting of our health service towards primary care every year as part of the HSE annual service plans.
Expand and assign services into primary care that currently take place in hospitals.
A new GP contract
Prioritise the introduction of a new GP contract and include provisions for its assessment and improvement as an ongoing process.
Ensure a new contract enables a wide-ranging community-based chronic disease management plan (Diabetes, Depression, Asthma, COPD etc.)
Gradually unwind the FEMPI reductions in payments to GPs, increase the Rural GP allowance to €25,000 and examine new incentives for GPs to work to the age of 70.
Expand free GP care
Expand free GP care on the basis of means and in alignment with an expansion in GP capacity.