DUP pledge to train more GPs - Dunne

DUP North Down Assembly Candidate Stephen Dunne has reiterated the DUP’s pledge to train more GPs every year in Northern Ireland.

By Stephen Dunne MLA

North Down

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The commitment is contained in the Party’s 5-Point Plan to build a better Northern Ireland.

Commenting, Mr Dunne said:

‘‘GPs are responsible for the vast majority of contacts with our health service. Ensuring there is fair access to these services in all parts of Northern Ireland must be central to plans to fix the NHS and provide better outcomes for patients.

With an ageing population and the rise in the number of people living with chronic illnesses, GPs will inevitably face growing demand. It is key therefore that sufficient numbers of general practitioners are trained and retained in local communities.

That is why the DUP have made a specific pledge to train more GPs in our Five-Point Plan at this election. We are committed to tackling barriers to attracting more graduates to general practice or indeed taking on full-time roles. This could include things like long-term rostering, guaranteed leave but, perhaps most importantly, rolling out multi-disciplinary teams Province-wide.

All of this can help ensure GP services run optimally, with sufficient staff and better access for those in need.’’

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