Eastern LMC member Dr Martin Cunningham told the Northern Ireland LMCs conference in Enniskillen on Sunday that although NICE vetoed expensive treatments, it often issued guidance with ‘scant regard' to the cost of implementing it.
‘This is a timely issue. We've heard that 65% of GPs rarely have access to psychological therapies within six months.
‘It's an example of where the resources do not meet the guidelines,' he said. ‘Ultimately the result will be more articles in the press saying we have failed again.'
A motion was passed calling for the GPCNI not to accept the implementation of ‘any guidance or scenario' unless adequate resources were secured and ‘a shared care plan is in place'.
Northern Ireland GPC chairman Dr Brian Dunn backed the call, telling the conference that health departments, or Northern Ireland's health board, must also realise the resource implications of any guidance it accepts.