National Association for Patient Participation

NI Patient group launch Patient Manifesto

17 February 2017

Patient representatives from the RCGPNI Patient Group are asking everyone to talk about their health care priorities when election candidates arrive on your doorstep.

The RCGPNI Patients in Practice Group launched its Patient Manifesto ahead of the NI Assembly election on 2 March.

The Patient Group is urging political parties and election candidates to #PutPatientsFirst and create a healthcare system that patients desperately need and deserve.

Healthcare is a key issue for us all. At the moment, media headlines are dominated by talk of rising waiting times and fears of practices closing.

Patients know that the services provided by family doctors in their communities are vital and many are worried that their GP service is on the verge of collapse. The manifesto calls on candidates to commit to ensuring that all patients have access to a local family doctor when they need it, both now and in the future.

Patients are experts of their own condition and have a lot to say about how services could be better designed. The group believe it is crucial that patients are included in any discussions around how our healthcare services are delivered. While not everyone will have the same priorities as the RCGPNI Patient Group, they are encouraging everyone to talk to candidates on the doorsteps about their own health care priorities. The patient voice must be at the heart of health and social care transformation.

The Patient Group calls on the government to:
1. Ensure access to family doctors and services within our own communities
2. Tackle waiting lists and address referral challenges between general practice and hospitals
3. Design a health and social care system with patients at the centre

To download a copy of the Patient Manifesto, click here.

We would be delighted if you could share it with your friends and family and raise it with any candidates who call at your door!

Or why not join the discussion and share our manifesto on Twitter – you can follow us @rcgp_ni

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