MLA calls for protection of GP services in Dungannon

GP Services across Dungannon must be protected a Sinn fein MLA has said.

The party’s carers spokersperson, Colm Gildernew highlighted the importance of the service, especially in rural towns and villages, including Dungannon.

Mr Gildernew told the Tyrone Courier: "GP services are often the first point of contact for people accessing health services,” he said.

"GP practices not only deliver primary care but they also play a vital role in promoting health and wellbeing, supporting people to manage long term conditions and keeping them well for longer.

"This is particularly the case for rural towns and villages.”

Mr Gildernew continued: “I wrote to the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health in relation to challenges facing GP services following a number of recent retirements.

“I will continue to press the Department on the need to protect primary care services in Dungannon and across the constituency.

"GP services, like health and social care services generally, are under pressure and face workforce challenges with almost a quarter of GP's in the north over 55 years of age.”

Concluded the Sinn Fein spokesperson on carers:

"As Minister, Michelle O'Neill recognised the need for more GPs moving forward and increased the number of GP training places.

"The Department of Health need to continue efforts to retain and attract people into general practice to ensure these vital services are delivered to the community."

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