BMA comment on Health and Well Being Progress Report
Commenting on the Department of Health’s Progress Report that was issued today Dr Alan Stout, chair of BMA Northern Ireland’s GP committee said, “We very much welcome this document and it sets out very clearly the progress that has been made to date in transforming health in Northern Ireland.
“It is still early in the process, but we are starting to see some changes and some benefits on the ground, particularly in the initial MDT areas in general practice, which is encouraging to both doctors and patients.
“The past two years have also highlighted the real need for change. Pressures in our system continue to increase and our waiting lists are still unacceptably long, so it is vital that the momentum and the commitment to changing our health system is maintained.
“As transformation progresses, there will be difficult and challenging conversations and debate about the best way for services to be delivered. This is to be welcomed as we need to be clear about how and where we deliver all services in the future, to not only improve them, but to deliver a level of excellence as expected by the population and to ensure we have an appropriate and responsive workforce to meet the future challenges.”
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