Funding welcome but services must be sustainable in the long term, says RCGPNI

Publication date: 23 September 2019

Responding to the Department of Health's announcement of an additional £26.76million for GP services, RCGPNI Chair Dr Grainne Doran said:

"It is promising to see that the Department of Health continues to recognise the challenges in general practice and prioritise support for GPs and patients.

"While this announcement is welcome, the majority of the additional funding comes from transformation funds, to support the advancement of programmes of work that have already been committed to.

"GPs and patients need assurance that the efforts to introduce the new multidisciplinary care team model, embedded in general practice, will be rolled out across the entire region, with sustainable, recurrent funding committed for the long term. The College appreciates that we cannot transform GP services overnight, but it is vital that the Department ensures equity of support for GP practices across Northern Ireland, and equity of access to services for all patients regardless of their postcode.

"It would be incredibly unfortunate if such promising work on the introduction of the new multidisciplinary care team model to improve patient access and care was to instead create inequities in general practice service provision. The urgency of securing recurrent and adequate funding for this model in all practices cannot be overemphasised."

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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