GPs in Northern Ireland face “full blown crisis,” BMA warns

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 07 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3202
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

General practice in Northern Ireland is facing a “full blown crisis” that is placing practices at risk of closure, the BMA has warned.

A BMA survey of practices in Northern Ireland found that many were struggling to cope, because of workload and funding pressures and problems in recruiting and retaining doctors. In a report of the findings the BMA warned that most practices in rural areas were at risk of closure, with single handed practices across the province also under threat.1

Three quarters (74%) of practices that were surveyed said that they were struggling, and nearly 10% said that they are “barely coping” with current pressures. The postal survey was sent to all …

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