Following today’s announcement of a £20,000 ‘golden hello’ to attract GPs to rural areas of England, chair of BMA Northern Ireland’s GP committee said, “It is clear from this announcement that there is a GP crisis in England as well, however their government is at least making some attempt to address the issue.
“We really need a similar announcement for Northern Ireland, our rural practices face the same issues as in England, if not more so. We have already seen practice closures in Fermanagh and there is no sign of that improving.
“Recruitment and retention issues are also being exacerbated by the destabilising effect that indemnity rises will create in general practice, and the lack of a contract settlement for 2017-18.
“We need a government in place to implement the GP-led care review plan that was agreed by the Department of Health (NI) nearly a year ago.”
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Indemnity is an insurance premium paid by individual GPs. Indemnity costs have risen over the last few years with the average GP now paying £8000 per year
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