RCGPNI response to NI Health Minister's announcement on expansion of medical Foundation Programme

Publication date: 04 February 2016

Dr Shauna Fannin, Deputy Chair of the Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland, said: “Building on last week’s announcement of 20 additional GP training place, it is encouraging to see the Health Minister committing further resources for the training of medical graduates.

“The Foundation Programme provides a link between medical school and Specialist or General Practice Training. We very much welcome this additional investment, which could potentially lead to the training of much needed family doctors in the future.

“It is essential that the government continues to invest in the training and development of medical professionals here in Northern Ireland. Despite these welcome announcements, there is certainly more to be done to grow our local GP workforce and meet the growing demands of our ageing population.

“RCGP NI remains committed to working with the government to address Northern Ireland’s shortage of family doctors and making sure that patients get the quality of care that they deserve.” 

Further Information

If you would like any further information, please contact Clare Higgins on T: 020 3188 7726  E: clare.higgins@rcgp.org.uk

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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