Commenting on the current political situation Dr Tom Black, BMA NI Council chair said, “We are currently at a critical stage in the health service; as we emerge from the pandemic and begin to look at genuinely rebuilding our health service into one that meets the needs of patients in Northern Ireland. Anything that puts that at risk is extremely worrying.
“We are waiting for the urgent care review, the elective care review and a roadmap for rolling out multi-disciplinary teams across Northern Ireland. We also have a shortage of doctors here, and we were hoping to see funding for an increase in training numbers. All of these need the security of three year funding; it is central to us being able to rebuild our health service.
“We have been consistently lobbying the Department for pensions mitigations for senior doctors and without these we will see doctors leaving the health service. Our waiting lists are shocking and people here are waiting unacceptably long times for appointments and treatment. The last thing we need is another political crisis, more disruption and uncertainty.
“Doctors, and all healthcare staff, have worked tirelessly over the last two years and this is another blow to their morale.”
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