Responding to the Department of Health announcement that a GP contractor confirmed to take over at Bannview Medical Practice has withdrawn from the contract, Dr Tom Black, chair of British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee said:
"This is obviously extremely concerning news that the contractor secured for Bannview will now not be taking over the practice.
"As we have said before, the situation in Bannview is happening all over Northern Ireland and will get worse unless immediate action is taken. Recent weeks have clearly shown that general practice here is on the edge of a full-blown crisis. GPs across the country have called for immediate investment to prevent the collapse of general practice and have taken the step of considering resigning from the health service to ensure this does not happen. If a rescue plan to save general practice isn’t funded by the Department of Health it means the proposed GP resignations are now inevitable.
"A contingency plan is now urgently needed to address what should done in the event of an election and further delays to a budget being agreed."
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