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Speedy resolution needed on Bannview GP issue - O'Dowd

4 January, 2017 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has said the objective of everyone interested in the wellbeing of patient care at Bannview Medical Practice in Portadown must be the successful completion of discussions between the Health Board and a GP interested in taking it over.

Mr O'Dowd said:

“The scare mongering and alarmist stories of some elected representatives is more to do with a possible Assembly election than it has to do with ensuring a continued Bannview GP Practice.

“Contrary to some misinformed reports Portadown Health Centre is not closing, Bannview is open and a GP can be accessed by contacting the surgery. The Health Board are pro-actively trying to bring a permanent solution to the issue and have an interim plan in place.

“For our part, Catherine Seeley MLA and I have been in regular contact with the Health Minister Michelle O’ Neill and the Health Board and are aware that discussion with a GP interested in taking over Bannview are at an advanced stage and we urge everyone involved to bring those discussions to a speedy and positive resolution.

“The responsible course of action for public representatives is to assist in securing a new GP Practice to take over Bannview not to stir up fear and anxiety among Bannview patients." 

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