RCGPNI responds to NI budget statement

Publication date: 01 March 2019

RCGPNI acknowledges the increase in the health budget for 2019/20 and urges decision makers to ensure a long-term and strategic approach is taken to spending in order to deliver essential transformation of health and social care services.

Responding to the budget, RCGPNI Chair, Dr Grainne Doran said: "The whole health and social care system in Northern Ireland is under incredible strain. It is essential that the health care budget for the next financial year is spent strategically to help deliver transformation, with long-term change in mind.

"It is vital that we invest transformation money in strategic reform. We know we cannot transform our health service without addressing the significant challenges in primary care yet there continues to be a shortfall in the number of GPs we need, increasing levels workload and service demands and urgent need to ensure GP premises and infrastructure can accommodate the reform we need to see. We particularly encourage the Department of Health to confirm that long-term funding will be allocated to the full regional roll-out of the new multidisciplinary team model in general practice and to commit to accelerating roll-out of this model through all federations to ensure equity of service provision across the region for our entire population."

Further Information

Clare Higgins
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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is the largest membership organisation in the United Kingdom solely for GPs. It aims to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and to act as the 'voice' of GPs on issues concerned with education; training; research; and clinical standards. Founded in 1952, the RCGP has just over 50,000 members who are committed to improving patient care, developing their own skills and promoting general practice as a discipline. RCGP NI represent over 1300 members in Northern Ireland.

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