GPs refuse to implement NICE guidance unless resourced

GPs in Northern Ireland have backed calls for GPC Northern Ireland (GPCNI) to agree only to implement NICE guidance accompanied by adequate resources.

Northern Ireland GPC chairman Dr Dunn also backed the call
Northern Ireland GPC chairman Dr Dunn also backed the call

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.

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