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a Northern Ireland Locator MapJune 14 2018

General practice in Northern Ireland has been allocated an additional £8.8 million to boost services, with half the money going to the practice-based pharmacist scheme.

The additional funding takes the GP budget to £22 million for 2018-19. Of the new money, £4.54 million will be used to bring the number of pharmacists working in general practices to 200 by the end of the year.

The Practice Based Pharmacist scheme is considered to be “freeing up GP time and, together with community pharmacy, is helping ensure the safe and effective use of medicines for better patient care.”

In addition:

  • £1.8 million will be used to address demographic pressures on GP practices, such as rising populations and more people with long term conditions who need care;
  • £1 million has been allocated to address the rising costs of medical indemnity cover;
  • £1.5 million will be used to improve and expand practice premises.

Dr Tom Black, Chair of BMA Northern Ireland’s GP committee, said: “GPs will be particularly happy to see further investment towards demography increases as our population is now living longer and with more complex health needs. This is being felt acutely among working GPs as their numbers continue to dwindle across the country while patient numbers grow.”

Chair of the RCGP Northern Ireland Dr Grainne Doran said: “Practice-based pharmacists are now well-embedded into many practices across Northern Ireland. Patients are directly benefiting from this service and pharmacists have been able to help alleviate some of the pressure on GPs. 

“Ongoing investment and support for practice-based pharmacists and community pharmacy will be beneficial in enabling better services for patients within the community.”

Links:
NI Department of Health announcement           
BMA comment 
RCGP comment            

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