The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has expressed shock with the contents of the HSE Service Plan for 2019.
“Patients will continue to suffer through the lack of joined up thinking and vision in this poorly thought out plan. The service plan is nothing short of a disgrace,when you put it against the backdrop of the Slainte Care Plan but is unfortunately what we have now come to expect on an annualised basis”, stated Dr Maitiú o Tuathail, President of the NAGP.
The President criticised the plan for failing to make any attempt to address the crisis currently facing patients attending their GP with no measurable increase in resourcing for services in the community, saying: “What we have here is an abundance of spin and a complete lack of substance.”
The NAGP was particularly critical of the chapter on primary care, claiming that it provides no detail regarding what level of resources will be made available for General Practice in the coming year.
Dr O Tuathail warned, asserting that recruiting and retaining GPs and practice nurses will become a more acute problem in 2019 under this plan, He commented: “2019 will be the year where waiting lists for General Practice appointments will reach crisis levels never seen in this country in the past, and where an ever increasing number of patients will be unable to access a GP”.
Dr Andy Jordan, Chairman of the NAGP said “We call for a full overhaul of the Health Service Executive and ask the new board of the HSE to immediately set to work on this task. We cannot continue to squander the taxes of the Irish people on hair brain, ill thought out plans that are not evidence based.
“We must insist that the Minister and his officials put an end to the waste and nonsense that exists in our health system and the Departmental staff must become accountable”.