Agreement Regarding GP Contractual Reform and Service Development

General Practice is a key feature of the Irish health service, and through this agreement between the DOH, HSE and IMO, it is now possible to expand services for patients as well as making general practice a more attractive career option for existing doctors and future medical graduates.

The agreement will act as an important catalyst for modernising general practice over the next 4 years, as well as providing dedicated support for people with chronic illness, opportunities for increased use of technology-based solutions, local multidisciplinary team working and significantly improving prescribing and medication safety.

The agreement is below along with a companion summary presentation.

Supporting General Practice during the COVID-19 public health emergency

The Department of Health, HSE  and the IMO have agreed a number of measures to:

  • support general practice maintain regular essential services
  • assist in the efforts to combat COVID-19

General Practitioner Services, in their totality, have a key role to play in our collective efforts to contain and mitigate the impact on public health during the current COVID-19 public health emergency. The details of the measures are set out in the Circular below and are effective from 16th March, 2020.

GPs who do not hold a GMS or other health sector contract with the HSE should be advised to contact the HSE’s National Contracts office at 04493 95519 or by email at for further information.

Queries in relation to the agreement should be emailed to