Four Kerry GP’s on high medical card earners list

Kerry has four GPs listed on the medical card holders highest earners. The figures, released annually, come after a row between the Minister for Health Michael Martin and the Irish Medical Organisation.The list shows Dr Joseph Daly from Farranfore earning the highest amount at 379,000 euro. Dr Gerard O`Shea of Annadale Road in Killorglin picked up 346,000 last year from the state while Dr John Shanahan in Caherciveen received 336,000 euro.Dr John Buckley with a practice at the Ivy Clinic in Listowel was the fourth highest Kerry GP at almost 327,000. The figures released by the Department of Health come after criticism of Minister Martin for failure to extend medical card eligibility. Minister Martin has indicated that fees paid to GPs to administer the scheme may have to be renegotiated before eligibility could be extended.