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This week, the Irish Health Service (IHS) is set to release its latest figures on what constitutes good care.
The IHS said this week that the latest figures showed that for the first time in two years, the number of GP visits to patients in Ireland has fallen in line with the UK and other European countries.
The figures show that in the year ending March 2016, there were 1,908,000 GP visits, an 11% drop from the previous year.
However, overall GP visits fell by 9% to 2,853,000.
The decline in GP visits was the result of a fall in admissions to A&E departments, the IHS added.
“Overall GP visits in the UK were down by 16% compared with last year, and overall admissions to hospital were down 6% compared to last year,” Dr Robert O’Brien, the director of the IHI’s regional practice, said.
“These figures show a real change in the landscape of care that will help ensure our patients and families continue to be well taken care of.”
While the UK saw a fall of 13% in the number in A&Es, it has been the exception.
Ireland saw a rise of 10% in admissions, the latest statistics show.
Overall, the decline in GPs visits was due to fewer people coming into A&ES, and fewer people being admitted to A &Es, according to the IH.
GPs have been advised to be aware of the changes in the NHS, and to prepare for changes.
In the past, the A&A department would often refer a patient to another doctor for a check-up.
“The GP will be able to see a patient who may be eligible for an additional check-ups to see whether there are any underlying health problems and to confirm that the patient is not at risk for any serious complications,” Dr O’Neill said.
“They may also be able assess any additional health problems that may be related to the condition.”
However in the past year, more GPs have seen their A&As reduced or changed to offer other services.
Dr OíBrien said the IHH has made an effort to promote good care to the public.
It’s a very important part of our role to look after people, he said.
“It’s really important that people know where they can go for help and where they have the option of going for help.
In 2016, the average GP visit cost an average of €130. “
It’s very, very important to make sure that there’s a lot of support for people when they need it.”
In 2016, the average GP visit cost an average of €130.
In 2017, it went up to €140.
Dr OíNeil said that despite the decrease in GGs visits, there has been a fall by 12% in GAs admissions.
He said that GAs are the only department that will see a drop in admissions.
“It is important to remember that these figures only reflect the numbers of patients coming into the GAs,” Dr Dr OBrien said.
In 2016 there were 3,000 GAs in Ireland.
Last year there were 6,000 in Ireland, according the IOH.
This year, Dr OIain said that the IHCs chief medical officer, Dr Simon Barrett, had been working with the IGH to improve access to care.
For more on GP visits and care, visit www.healthcare.ie