National Association for Patient Participation

NI Minister promises to back GPs

28 December 2016

Michelle O’Neill, Northern Ireland’s Health Minister, has backed the recommendations of expert GPs – including RCGPNI former Chair John O’Kelly – and make their aspirations for general practice ‘a reality’.

We’ve been campaigning around these recommendations since the summer when 170 Northern Irish GPs sent an open letter to the Minister asking for a response.

“The report is clear - we need to take action now to address the challenges facing the service and I am pleased to accept its recommendations as signalling the direction of travel needed to ensure that everyone here continues to have access to high quality, sustainable GP-led services,” the Minister said.

“The recommendations made by the working group require action by my Department, the HSC, GPs and other health professionals and I will continue to work with all parties to make the working group’s recommendations a reality.”

We are pleased to see the Minister restate her commitment to general practice, and lay out her plans to explore the role of GP Federations in the new year.

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