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gp-recruitmentFebruary 2 2015

The BMA has raised concerns that the future of general practice in Northern Ireland is not being addressed on equal terms with England.

While welcoming the announcement by the Department of Health that £10 million is to be spent boosting the GP workforce in England, the BMA Northern Ireland Committee’s chair, Dr Tom Black, points out that no similar announcement has been made by Northern Ireland’s DHSSPS.

"The workforce crisis in general practice in Northern Ireland is now so serious that a quarter of practices in Northern Ireland could close in the next five years unless there is urgent action to recruit and retain more GPs,” he said. “We welcome the 10 point plan that has been issued for England, but are concerned that DHSSPS in Northern Ireland has not issued a similar plan.

“Given that 25% of GPs in Northern Ireland are aged over 55, without urgent action from DHSSPS, the combined effect of GPs retiring, leaving due to workload pressures, and younger doctors choosing not to become GPs will leave general practice in crisis for our communities.

“We have 1.9 million patients in Northern Ireland being looked after by approximately 950 full time equivalent GPs; approximately 2,000 patients per family doctor. This has resulted in an intense workload for GPs and patients are already experiencing the effects of this pressure at their local surgeries”.

He called on the DHSSPS “to take urgent steps to address the workforce crisis in general practice before surgeries are forced to close.”

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