Erskine – “The DUP Plan to Train More GPs”

DUP Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA Deborah Erskine has said the commitment by the Department of Health to train more GPs next year is good news and is a key part of Our Five-Point Plan for Northern Ireland.

By Deborah Erskine MLA

Fermanagh & South Tyrone

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Mrs Erskine said:

The DUP has a Five-Point Plan for Northern Ireland. Increasing the number of GPs is a key part of the Plan but that alone will not fix the NHS. That’s why our plan looks at how we retain our graduates after they are trained.

With an ageing population, it is crucial that we invest now to ensure there is appropriate GP provision is meeting future demand, particularly in rural areas. This commitment builds on recent funding pledges to improve accommodation for GPs in the West, including in Lisnaskea.

In recent weeks, I have been working closely with the local GP federation in the South West to press for additional investment in our practices. I am glad the Minister has recognised our Plans and has also confirmed that Fermanagh and Omagh will be second in line for the ongoing roll-out of multi-disciplinary teams across Northern Ireland.

Whilst this news is a step in the right direction, it is crucial that it is backed up with a strategic and ambitious funding package. We also need to see a full review of GP terms and conditions to ensure the right skills can be attracted to, and retained, in the West.”

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