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ICGP to consider role in negotiations

24 May 2017

Dr John Gillman

The ICGP has agreed to take on board the sentiment raised in a motion seeking greater access for the College to the new GP contract negotiations, IMT reports.

Chairman Dr John Gillman announced the decision after a vote in favour of a proposal by new President Dr Richard Brennan for the motion to be referred to the Board of the ICGP for the College’s primary decision-making body to take on board the sentiment of the Wicklow Faculty.

This followed a lengthy debate with various doctors who attended the Wexford AGM recently, expressing different views and adopting varying positions on the motion.

Dr Grainne Ni Ghairbhi of the Wicklow Faculty had proposed the motion that, “the ICGP urgently approach the Department of Health/HSE/Minister for Health Simon Harris to gain meaningful access to the contract negotiations, since it is felt that the College represents a majority of GPs, many of whom are currently not represented in negotiations, and as it is also relevant to the College’s role in assuring quality of health delivery”.

The IMO is currently negotiating a new GP contract with health management, with the NAGP involved only in a consultative capacity. However, members of both GP representative bodies would be members of the College, she said.

However, it was felt that as the College was not a trade union and did not hold a negotiating licence it could not be involved in industrial talks.

It was also submitted that the professional training body was already doing as much as it possibly could by offering to provide resources to the negotiations as well as its advocacy and lobbying campaigns on issues relating to workforce planning, training and development needs for GPs, quality and standards.

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