Northern Ireland practices share extra £2 million for global sums

Practices in Northern Ireland are to receive a £2 million global sum top up to help plug the funding gap caused by a rapid population increase over the past few years.

It is estimated that the registered population of Northern Ireland has increased by 40,000 to 1,750,300 since the GMS contract came into force in 2004.

Much of this increase has been down to the success of the peace process and economic migration from parts of Eastern Europe.

As part of the new contract deal for Northern Ireland for 2008/9, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has stated that it will ‘add up to £2 million to the GMS budget to address the expanding population of Northern Ireland'.

GPC Northern Ireland will be consulted by the DHSSPS on how this money should be used. 

Dr Brian Dunn, GPC Northern Ireland chairman, said: ‘This is a very important move and we are grateful for the DHSSPS for recognising the pressure that GPs in Northern Ireland are under.'

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