GPs’ concern at contract changes

Dr. Tom Black.
Dr. Tom Black.

Angry family doctors across the North have warned that proposed changes to their contract in Northern Ireland could have a significant impact on patient services.

GPs say they are concerned that the Department of Health proposals will result in a workload increase of up to 15% - without any additional funding to support it.

And they say it could also curtail their commitment to the new Transforming Your Care (TYC) health service reforms.

Derry GP Dr Tom Black, who is Chair of the BMA’s Northern Ireland GP committee, said: “Practices are already feeling the strain of increased workload pressures and this is set to continue with the government’s implementation of TYC. It is estimated that our workload will increase by 10%-15% - none of which will be patient centred care but increased box ticking. Without any funding to support this increased workload, it is the patient who will suffer.”

Dr Black added that doctors will do their utmost to retain access and the high standards of care currently delivered.