New contract for Northern Ireland offers better clinical care

GPs in Northern Ireland have overwhelmingly voted in favour of an offer from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) to provide funding for three new clinical areas.

Osteoporosis, peripheral arterial disease and heart failure are the areas that will be added to the GMS contract.

In the poll of all GPs in Northern Ireland, 94 per cent voted in favour of accepting option A which included funding for a new clinical directed enhanced service (DES).

Option B offered no additional funding for a clinical DES.

Dr Brian Dunn, chairman of GPC Northern Ireland, said: ‘We are pleased with the results of this poll because it will mean that patients who are the most sick, the old and chronically ill, will find it easier to be treated locally rather then having to travel outside their communities.'

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