There has been a really positive move by the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, that the HSE is to make available to GPs increased direct access to diagnostic services. The initiative will give GPs across the country the ability to access an additional 94,000 diagnostic procedures, such as X-Rays, CT scans, MRIs, and DEXA.
Senator Malcolm Byrne had raised this previously with the Minister and in the Seanad a few times last year. It has been a big issue for Wexford GPs.
“This new development will have a significant impact on the diagnosis and treatment of patients. It will allow faster access to necessary diagnostic procedures, leading to more timely treatment and improved patient experience.”
Malcolm pointed out that the new supports will also assist in reducing pressures placed on hospitals and the shortening of waiting lists.