first_imgApproximately 8256 number of children in County Donegal are to benefit from the roll-out of free GP care, which was announced in this week’s Budget, according to Senator Jimmy Harte.Senator Jimmy Harte with Minister Alex White.He said all these children in Donegal will be eligible for free GP care when it is rolled out, based on the latest Census data.“This is a historic and significant initiative which means that local families with children aged five and under no longer have to give a second’s thought about visiting the doctor when their child gets sick. “After years of making sacrifices to help stabilise the country, it is only fair that hard-pressed families in Donegal get something back from this Government. The roll-out of free GP care, along with other initiatives such as book rental schemes for every primary school in Ireland, is a shining example of how the Government is trying to make a tangible difference to people’s lives and circumstances.”The Letterkenny Senator said he commended Labour Minister Alex White for championing this particular issue at the Cabinet table for many months and hopes families in the locality can reap the benefits when the measure comes into effect in the second half of next year.“There is clear evidence that people delay or avoid visiting their GP where a fee is required. Removing this cost barrier will mean that local families will be far more likely to address medical problems at an earlier stage, leading to better outcomes and treatment that is of less cost to the State.“The Labour Party has long been campaigning for the principle of universal access to GP care and this is the first step. I am pleased that Labour Minister has delivered this historic public health initiative which not only reforms our health service but also gives back to families.”  8,256 CHILDREN TO BENEFIT FROM FREE GP CARE IN DONEGAL – HARTE was last modified: October 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Budget 2014GP carejimmy hartelast_img read more