Plans to relocate GP centres around the country to be assessed by HSE

The new locations could drastically cut down on hospital waiting times

Plans to relocate GP centres around the country to be assessed by HSE

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The HSE is being asked to revisit plans to centre GP care in Primary Care units around the country.

80 facilities are due to be established in the coming months - in addition to those already up and running - however the National Association of General Practitioners says we need to rethink their function.

The body says instead of being new GP practices in a community - they should be used to carry out routine testing so that patients can get a higher level of care quickly.

CEO of the NAGP Chris Goodey says it would cut down on waiting times at hospitals: "That will resolve a lot of problems, because that will stop patients being sent into emergency departments, because GPs will be able to make decisions in a timely manner."