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gp-handing-prescriptionApril 7 2015

Northern Ireland’s health minister has announced investments totalling £15 million for general practice services.

The package is to be apportioned as follows:

•    up to £3.1million of investment in Out Of Hours GP services.
•    up to £1.2million of investment helping GPs meet demand for blood tests and other diagnostic work in the community delivered through GP Federations.
•    up to £300,000 to recruit and retain GPs.
•    releasing up to £10million of funding for GP Practices to borrow to upgrade and expand their premises and £350,000 to meet the ongoing costs of these new premises.

The investment reflects an increase in the total number of consultations which have increased by 76% from 7.22 million in 2003-04 to 12.71m in 2013-14. In addition, demand for GP out-of-hours services has also increased 18% over the past five years.

Health minister Jim Wells has also announced that there will be a cut in bureaucracy. “GPs will now have 15 fewer government indicators to meet, meaning more time to spend with patients and less time filling in forms,” he said.

Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland Chair Dr John O’Kelly said the announcement was excellent news. “We are delighted that Jim Wells has recognised the pressures facing general practice and the calls of the Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland for urgently needed new investment in general practice.

“Despite delivering 90% of NHS patient consultations in Northern Ireland, general practice has recently only been receiving 8.3% of the NHS budget, a situation which has led to the huge challenges faced by GP services in the region.”

He also pointed out that Northern Ireland has the oldest GP workforce in the UK, with 24% of family doctors being aged 55 or over. In addition, “we have a low GP to patient ratio, with only 6.3 GPs per 10,000 registered patients. Therefore, we believe we need up to 500 more GPs in NI and 11% of the NHS budget by 2020.”

Dr Tom Black, chair of the BMA Northern Ireland GP Committee (NIGPC) said that “Northern Ireland needs a long-term commitment of recurrent funding if we are to see a positive impact on GP services.

“Even with this investment, funding for general practice in Northern Ireland will continue to lag behind that of the rest of the UK. We estimate that £33 million of recurrent funding is required just to bring us up to the UK average.”

Links:

Northern Ireland Executive announcement    

RCGPNI response    

BMA response    

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