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Minister Reilly to lift restrictions on GPs who can treat medical card holders

Posted in Blog by saraburke on September 16, 2011

On 14 September, Minister James Reilly announced that he had got Cabinet approval to lift restrictions on GPs treating patients with medical cards. So will this make it easier for people to access GPs and drive down high costs of GP visits? (more…)

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Reilly takes on the pharmacists

Posted in Blog by saraburke on April 1, 2011

Late on the afternoon the day the long awaited bank stress tests were published (31 March), Minister Reilly took on his first public battle announcing further cuts to fees paid to pharmacists. Under the 2009 Financial Emergency Measures Act, the minister has the right to do this – and previous cuts under Mary Harney results in the pharmacy strike in summer 2009. So these cuts are on top of cuts ready made and seem quite a bold, political move just three weeks into office. (more…)