McGuigan calls for ‘crisis in GP services’ to be addressed

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Sinn Féin North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan has called for the Department of Health to act with urgency and ‘address the crisis in GP services’.

Following the results of a recent survey carried out by Sinn Féin into access to GP services, Mr McGuigan said: “GP shortages are being felt in GP surgeries all over the north – that was clearly reflected in the responses to Sinn Féin’s access to GP services survey.

“Too many patients are not getting the care they need and some people phoning their local GP surgery are not getting through due to pressures on GP surgeries.

“The lack of nurses in practices, mental health professionals and physiotherapists for example, is having a detrimental impact on GPs’ ability to properly support patients.

“The Department of Health needs more staff to meet the needs of patients in the community.

“Sinn Féin is calling on the Department of Health to accelerate plans to put more mental health professionals, nurses and physiotherapists in GP Practices.

“We are also calling on the Department of Health to recruit and train additional vaccinators to work alongside GPs to alleviate the additional pressures currently being felt in GP surgeries.”

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