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April 24, 2014

Bray GP out-of-hours service coming in 2012

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By Gary Culliton. A GP out-of-hours service was to be established in Bray. Co Wicklow, this year, the HSE has pledged.

This followed the establishment by HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster last November of a new GP out-of-hours service in Tallaght Hospital, which covered the Tallaght and Clondalkin areas, with approximately 40 GP members.

The Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care Róisín Shortall said potential new service delivery initiatives were currently being progressed, which would facilitate added value and more responsive delivery models, integration between primary and secondary care and enhance the quality of patient care.

According to Minister Shortall, GP out-of-hours co-operatives were now in place in all HSE areas, providing coverage in all or in part of all counties.

There were 949,703 contacts with GP out-of-hours services in 2011, and the Executive continued to work with the co-ops on the implementation of the recommendations of the National Out-of-Hours Review conducted in 2010, she said.

gary.culliton@imt.ie