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Phased Introduction of Free GP Care: DOH Statement
25th April 2012
Republic of Ireland
Ms Roisin Shortall TD, Minister of State for Primary Care today, (Wednesday 25th April), announced that the Government has given its approval to the preparation by the Department of Health of Heads of a Bill 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 to be prescribed by regulations under the new legislation.
The Minister indicated that it was her intention that the legislation be drafted and enacted before the summer recess.
We wish to inform you of an important development within the Centre for Ageing Research and Development (CARDI) which will help sustain its underlying purpose of helping to improve the lives of older people in Ireland, North and South, especially those most disadvantaged.