The number of children under six being referred to hospitals has jumped sharply since the Government brought in free GP care for them last year. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The number of children under six being referred to hospitals has jumped sharply since the Government brought in free GP care for them last year. Thi(...)

Dr Paul McKeown, president of the Irish Medical Organisation, which has drawn up a poster outlining services not covered by the medical card. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A poster sent to GP surgeries nationwide in recent days which outlines services that are not covered by the medical card has met with mixed rea(...)