Our Story

GPCareForAll was founded by Dr Austin O'Carroll as a response to address the imbalance in health care delivery in areas of deprivation. On average the ratio of GPs to Patients in areas of deprivation is 1:2500 while the national average overall is 1:1600

Dr Austin O Carroll is an inner-city GP since 1997. The focus of his career has been improving access for communities affected by marginalization or deprivation to quality primary healthcare.

He has founded several initiatives:- 

  • Safetynet (2007) which provides GP services to over 6000 marginalized patients annually throughout Ireland. He initiated specialised services in several food halls/drop-ins/hostels;  GP services for Roma community in two medical centres; a Mobile Health Unit for rough sleepers; a Mobile Health Screening Unit; He was Medical Director from 2007-2017.
  • GMQ, a primary care programme for homeless people which also specialises in addiction services (including methadone treatment and alcohol and benzodiazepine detoxes.
  • Partnership for Health Equity, a research, education, policy and service delivery collaboration.
  • GPCareforAll, a new social enterprise that creates new GP practices in areas of deprivation.
  • North Dublin City GP Training programme, the first programme internationally that trains GP’s to work in communities affected by deprivation or marginalization.
  • He set up the GP service for the McVerry Stabilization Centre in Barrymore House