GP leaders in Northern Ireland welcome Health Department

announcement that new GP contractor provider has been found for

crisis-hit medical practice

Responding to the Department of Health’s announcement that a new GP contractor provider will take over at Bannview Medical Practice from March 2017, chair of British Medical Association’s Northern Ireland General Practitioners Committee (NIGPC), Dr Tom Black, said:
"We welcome the announcement a contract provider has been found for Bannview.  
"This will now help protect neighbouring practices in Portadown who are already stretched to capacity themselves.
"However, general practice across Northern Ireland is still under immense pressure.  There are a significant number of practices whose services are vulnerable due to workforce issues.  NIGPC is deeply concerned about the number of GPs planning to retire this year without any young doctors willing to take over these positions because of the chronic pressures that general practice is under. 
"The situation at Bannview will happen again.  We call on the Department of Health to implement an emergency rescue plan for general practice as a matter of urgency."

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