NI patients wait six months for scan results

Patients in Northern Ireland are waiting six months for the results of scans for potentially life-threatening illnesses because reform is stalling, according to the BMA.

GPs are concerned about the government’s decision to delay further implementation of the Review of Public Administration and knock-on delays to setting up GP commissioning.

BMA Northern Ireland chairman Dr Brian Patterson said delaying change meant GP support gained over the last 18 months was in ‘grave danger of being lost entirely’.

Lack of reform has led to problems including cognitive behavioural therapy services being removed or withheld.

Waiting list targets for inpatient and day cases of 18 weeks by the end of September 2007 were not being met.

Dr Patterson met Northern Ireland health minister Michael McGimpsey yesterday to raise concerns.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

Comment below and tell us what you think 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

£20 notes spread out

VAT trap for PCNs could strip millions of pounds from general practice

Tens of millions of pounds could be stripped from general practice because work carried...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Is the BMA representing GPs effectively, why GPs face a pension tax hit, and views on the workload crisis

In our regular news review the team discusses representation of GPs, a new survey...

Man sleeping

NICE guidance on insomnia backs app to replace sleeping pills

Hundreds of thousands of people with insomnia could be offered treatment via a mobile...

Health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI backs autumn COVID-19 booster campaign for high-risk adults and NHS staff

Frontline health and social care staff and adults at increased risk of severe illness...

GP consultation

Government accused of 'misleading' claims on general practice workforce

GP leaders have accused the government of making misleading claims about the general...

Consulting room door

LMC calls for enhanced access to be scrapped after abuse forces practice to close reception

A Midlands LMC has backed a practice forced to close its reception desk after abuse...