10 Apr 2015
Press Release: Immediate Release
Children’s Rights Alliance Welcomes Agreement on Free GP Care for Under-6s
The Children’s Rights Alliance today warmly welcomed the agreement between the Department of Health, the HSE and the Irish Medical Organisation on free GP care for all children under six years and the new measures on asthma care and wellness checks. We commend the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Primary Care, Social Care and Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch for their work on this important issue.
Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance said today that:
“Today’s announcement is a significant achievement and a vital step towards ensuring the health of current and future generations of children in Ireland.
Parents struggling on low incomes often delay attending the GP hindering or placing their child’s health at risk. This measure will ensure young children have open access to GP care. The local GP is a child’s first point of contact when ill, and so free access to GPs has the potential to prevent the development of conditions that may later require more intensive treatment or hospitalisation.
The free GP care for those under six will benefit an additional quarter of a million children on top of those already covered by existing card holders, meaning almost half the population will have free GP care at point of access.”
For press inquiries, contact Tanya Ward at 087-6531069.