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Concern at Ombudsman's report into GP registers

1 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd has expressed concern at today's report from Ombudsman Tom Frawley into the number of complaints about people being struck off GP registers.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"Access to primary health care services and the relationship with your local GP are fundamentally important to a person's health and wellbeing. This report raises a number of serious issues.

"Sinn Fein will be meeting Ombudsman Tom Frawley to discuss this report and to seek his views about whether the new GMS contracts for our General Practitioners will provide the protections required.

"We will also be raising these issues with the Department of Health." ENDS

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