BY HARRY WALSH
THE General Medical Services (Payments) Board Annual Report, 2013 shows that more than €40 million was made in payments to GPs, Pharmacists, Dentists and Optometrists in Donegal.
Details of the payments across the county were released by the Health Service Executive yesterday (Thursday).
GPs across Donegal earned more that €22 million (22.041m) through the scheme with Pharmacists, (€14.2m) Dentists (€3.477m) and Optometrists (€907,096) in 2013.
One family doctor’s practice received more than half a million in fees and allowances under the medical card and general medical services schemes in 2013.
The figure showed that the practice of Dr Anthony Delap in Bunbeg received gross payments of €501,295 including practice support allowances in 2013, the latest year for which figures are available.
Dr Delap is joined in the list of the top earning doctors countrywide by Dr Paul Stewart, Dunfanaghy €471,329, Dr Charles J Bourke, Killybegs, €445,772, Dr Maria Bradley, Buncrana €425,154 and Dr Denis McCauley, Stranorlar €409,656.
The highest earning doctors in Letterkenny were Dr Angela Gilligan €331,064, Dr J.P. McGeehin €304,592, Dr Dara Scally, €303,449, Dr. J.R. Mc Feely €292,257 and Dr Maria Murray €259,008.
A spokesperson for the HSE stressed that the figures published were gross payments which are inclusive of allowances paid in respect of the employment of practice nurses and secretaries, annual leave and grants for the development and organisation of practice premises and procedures.
Each year the GMS Board publishes an annual report which presents a profile of payments to GPs, Pharmacists, Dentists and Optometrists who provide services under the GMS scheme to medical card holders and to qualifying persons under other community drug schemes.
Letterkenny based dentist, Dr Terence Fox, is among the top earning dentists under the scheme, claiming €265,293 with Dr Paddy McKibben, Letterkenny (€241,916), Dr Anthony John Bonar, Dungloe (€219,192), Mr Gerald Roarty, Ballybofey (€204,060) and Mr Conal James Kilfeather, Letterkenny (€199,352) also included among the top thirty earners across the country.
Mr Paul O’Donoghue (Specsavers Opticians, Letterkenny) received €282,501 in payments made to Optometrists Ophthalmologists in 2013. Mr Jeff McLaughlin (McLaughlin Opticians, Carndonagh and Buncrana) €76,323, Andrew J Caulfield (AJ Caulfield), Dungloe €74,252 and Brendan McCreesh (Bradport Ltd), Donegal Town €62,889 were the next highest Donegal earners.
Magees Pharmacy in Letterkenny was the top earning dispensary in Donegal in 2013 according to the Payments to Pharmacy fees in 2013. They received €471,454, followed by O’Flionn Pharmacy Ltd (481,782), Foyleview Pharmacy Ltd, Lifford (€469,344), Flatley Chemist Ltd, Stranorlar (€461,415) and Bonners Pharmacy Ltd, Ballybofey (€438,166)
The full breakdown of GMS Payments to Donegal GPs for 2013 in descending order of payments is as follows: Dr. Anthony Delap, €501,295; Dr Paul Stewart, €471,329; Dr. Charles J. Bourke, €445,772; Dr. Maria Bradley, €425,154; Dr. Denis McCauley, €409,656; Dr. Seamus O’Domhnaill, €398,923; Dr. Dara McEniff, €382,803; Dr Margaret Gilligan-King, €375,392; Dr. Paul Grant, €370,953; Dr. Padraic Mitchell, €364,510; Dr. Emer Gavin, €360,677; Dr. Eamon Shea, €348,320; Dr. Therese Wheatley O’Neill, €345,637; Dr. John Dowling, €344,334; Dr. Martin Brennan, €342,994; Dr. Austin O’Kennedy, €337,177; Dr. Angela Gilligan, €331,064; Dr. Mireille Sweeney, €328,145; Dr. John Bannon, €327,259; Dr. Siofra Nic An Bhreithiun, €327,151; Dr. Daniel McGinley, €325,872; Dr. Paul Armstrong, €318,259; Dr. Martin Brendan Forkan, €308,998; Dr. Kenneth G. Devlin, €307,834; Dr. Kenneth G. Devlin, €307,834; Dr. Gearoid O’Rourke, €306,124; Dr. J.P. McGeehan, €304,592; Dr. Dara Scally, €303,449; Dr. Geoffrey Paul Bourke, €300,298; Dr. J.R. McFeely, €292,257; Dr. Alfred Mannion, €288,050; Dr. M. J. Cooke, €281,990; Dr. Ciaran Kelly, €281,244; Dr. Francis Nelson, €280,768; Dr. Barry Breen, €278,175; Dr. Diarmuid Mee, €273,931; Dr. Martin A. Coyne, €273.069; Dr. Marie Drumgoole, €271,975; Dr. Brendan Woods, €271,647; Dr. Michael Cuffe, €270,137; Dr. M. Bradley, €260,345; Dr. Seamus Kelly, €259,185; Dr. Maria Murray, €259,008; Dr. Kevin Quinn, €256,637; Dr. John F. Coghlan, €247,631; Dr. Philip Murphy, €244,366; Dr. John Sheeran, €239,789; Dr. Michael Shanley, €239,596; Dr. Jarlath Kelly, €237,305;Dr. Brian Lavelle, €238,318; Dr. Eamon Stack, €235,373; Dr. Aidan McMenamin, €233,456; Dr. Brian McColgan, €233,281; Dr. Heather McIntyre, €233,004; Dr. Catherine Falls, €230,260; Dr. Jarlath duffy, €227,526; Dr. Colette McGrory, €266,748; Dr. James McDaid, €219,158; Dr. John Garvey, €218.112; Dr. Ciara Steele, €219,946; Dr. Thomas Joseph Nunan, €215,208; Dr. Kevin Boner, €209,616; Dr. Josephine Kiernan, €204,963; Dr. Meta McLaughlin, €202,692; Dr. Garrett Duffy, €195,927; Dr. Raghavan Paratian, €189,693; Dr. Karena Hanley, €188,057; Dr. Mary McFadden, €188,037; Dr. Elizabeth Maxwell, €183,690; Dr. Majella Grealish, €181,136; Dr. Peter Kardos, €175,478; Dr, Fiona Quinn, €159,866; Dr. John Patrick Sweeney, €155,416; Dr. Evelyn McManus, €154,044; Dr. Edward Harkin, €151,936; Dr. Paul Van Dessel, €150,516; Dr. Mary Quinn, €147,793; Dr. Ursula Keegan, €147,172; Dr. Murrough Birmingham, €147,155; Dr. Eileen Coyne, €125,647; Dr. John Gerard Lannon, €121,847; Dr. Maria Doherty, €121,794; Dr. David Khavia, €87,961; Dr. Marie Therese McKenna, €74,450; Dr. Sally Mullen, €48,739; Dr. Frank Fogarty, €47,197; Dr. Francis Nelson,€43,595; Dr. Eamon Coyle, €40,154; Dr. Supriya Rao, €30,110; Dr. Lisa Stauton, €9,967; Dr. Michael J. Kennedy, €20869; Dr. Gearoid O’Rourke, €17,242; Dr. Michael J. Kennedy, €11,713; Dr. R. Kerr. €6,809; Dr. Heather McIntyre, €4,174; Dr. Vera Lang, €491, Dr. Brian Declan Bonar, €196; Dr. L. McGill, €21.