Government u-turn on GP barred from commissioning group

The health department in Northern Ireland has apologised to a senior GP after trying to block his appointment to a commissioning group.

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety tried to prevent Dr Kieran Deeny from joining the group because he also holds a seat in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Officials claimed Dr Deeny could not join the commissioning group because this would be a ‘conflict of interest’ with his role as an assembly member.

But in a statement last week the department said: ‘Following leave granted to Dr Deeny to have a judicial review, the department re-examined its decision. The department has now recognised that it had overlooked an important legal obligation.’

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