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Co-ops funding to be evidence-based

03 Apr 2017

The HSE plans to implement, within existing resources, the recommendations from the GP Out-of-Hours Review 2016, which IMT understands includes that future provision of GP cover outside of normal business hours, which cost in excess of €100 million per annum, should be based on available evidence and value for money, by the third quarter of this year.

A HSE out-of-hours GP review was conducted over the course of last year, seeking data from the co-ops nationwide.

The as-yet unpublished report also includes recommendations to provide performance and assurance oversights of GP out-of-hours services and to develop an enhanced performance data set and key performance indicators by the third quarter, the HSE has revealed in its Primary Care Division Operational Plan for 2017.

HSE National Primary Care Director John Hennessy is on record as stating that the findings of the review would be used to look at issues like “effectiveness, cost, value and so on to inform our future approach to GP out-of-hours cover” (see ‘GP out-of-hours review due from HSE’, IMT 29/01/2016).

According to the Executive, primary care moves to reduce demand at emergency departments included further expansion of the GP out-of-hours service “to provide complete cover nationwide”.

lloyd.mudiwa@imt.ie

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