BMA Northern Ireland statement on Grove Medical Practice

by BMA Northern Ireland media team

Press release from BMA Northern Ireland.

Location: Northern Ireland
Published: Monday 11 July 2022

Speaking about the announcement that the partners of Grove Medical Practice in North Belfast will be unable to provide GP services from the end of this year, BMA’s Northern Ireland general practitioners committee chair Alan Stout said: "Grove’s GPs and its dedicated staff have been providing general practice services to patients in the heart of North Belfast for many years and under immense, growing pressures. This decision to close has not been taken lightly by the partners and is the absolute last resort.

"It is very sad and frustrating to see yet another GP practice close in Northern Ireland despite the best efforts of partners to maintain services in the face of mounting pressures on primary care. The most recent stats on general medical services here show that there are now fewer practices across Northern Ireland, yet they are having to deal with growing numbers of patients. This is simply unsustainable and will lead to more and more GP partners being forced into making the very difficult decision to cease services. This then has a knock-on effect on neighbouring practice patient lists and forces the most sick and vulnerable in our communities to travel further for care.

"We urgently need to stabilise general practice or we will continue to see such closures. That means a faster roll out of the MDTs, continued increase in GP training numbers, an indemnity solution for Northern Ireland to match the rest of the UK and a significant investment in our premises, many of which are substandard.”

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