Doctors criticise ICGP over GP-led abortion scheme

A group of over 50 family doctors have rejected as “very misleading” claims by the Irish College of General Practitioners that their opposition to a GP-led abortion service was an attempt to thwart the will of the people.

Writing in Tuesday’s Irish Times, the doctors who comprise those who voted for and against repeal of the Eighth amendment, said General Practice is not an appropriate setting in which to provide abortions. They cited a poll where 75 per cent of almost one thousand GP respondents said they were opposed to a GP-led abortion regime. The doctors added that almost every European country that provides abortion does so outside of General Practice.