60 per cent of Wexford doctors have signed up for free GP service
A total of 68 GPs in Wexford have signed up for the new free GP Service for the under 6s and over 70s.
However this only represents 60 per cent of the doctors in the county although it is expected that more will sign up to the scheme in the coming weeks.
Minister Paul Kehoe said he believe the service was off to a positive start Wexford.
'In the last two weeks, there has been a 63 per cent increase in the number of GPs signing up to take part in the new Free GP Service and there is still time for other doctors to take part. In Wexford 60 per cent of GPs have already committed to take part meaning that children under six and those over 70 will be able to avail of free GP care from July 1.
From yesterday (Monday), parents will be able to register their children and senior citizens over 70 who currently have to pay for GP care, can also sign up meaning that this summer up to 300,000 children and senior citizens will no longer have to pay.
'Free GP care was a key Fine Gael election commitment and it will result in real savings for pensioners and for families. It is important that we change the health system from one that only treats sick people to one that keeps people well; providing free access to GP care will make a significant difference in achieving this goal.
'Early identification of health issues at a younger age can reduce the impact of ill-health later in life and as one in four children in Ireland are overweight or obese, this is especially relevant when it comes to detecting illnesses that may be coming down the road.
'With 60 per cent of doctors in Wexford signing up to provide the service, this is a very good start. I know many families of young children and older people are very pleased that this service will be available, and I would encourage parents with children under 6 to sign up.'