Removal of Restrictions on GPs Wishing to Treat Public Patients: Good move Dr James. Why not 25 years ago?

The Minister for Health James Reilly has announced the commencement of
the Health (Provision of General Practitioner Services) Act 2012.
It will remove restrictions on GPs wishing to obtain contracts to
treat public patients under the General Medical Services (GMS) Scheme
by opening up access to GMS contracts to all fully qualified and
vocationally trained GPs.

This means that all GPs will be able to treat patients with medical cards. There will be no limits on the
number of contractors. Previously, GPs could only obtain GMS
contracts in restricted circumstances.
The new changes will allow new GMS contract holders to establish their
practice in the location of their choice. However, a contract holder
approved by the HSE in an area who wishes to move location may only do
so with the prior approval of the HSE.