Restrictions on GPs to be removed. I demanded this in 1985 and the then EHB refused to entertain it.

Dr. James Reilly, T.D., Minister for Health has announced that the
Cabinet has given approval to the drafting, as a priority, of a Bill
to provide for the removal of restrictions on GPs from treating all
Medical Card patients. This will give effect to a commitment in
the EU/IMF Programme.

The legislation will provide that:-

▪ The HSE can enter into a contract for the provision of services to
GMS patients with any suitably qualified and vocationally trained GP;
▪ Medical practitioners, who hold a GMS contract on foot of the 2009
interim entry provisions, will be entitled to accept on to their list
any patient nominating them as their doctor of choice;

▪ Time limits which currently exist in relation to the dissolution of
GP partnerships will be abolished;
▪ The viability of existing GP practices in an area will no longer be
a factor in awarding GMS contracts;

▪ New GMS contract holders will be free to establish their practice in
the location of their choice, but once established, they will require
the prior approval of the HSE if they wish to change their centre of