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Essential that GP services are retained in east Antrim - McMullan

2 February, 2017 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Fein's Oliver McMullan has said it is essential that GP services are retained in the East Antrim. 

Mr McMullan said; 

"Access to GP services is vital in any community but particularly in rural areas. 

"There is a need to ensure such services are available for the community in East Antrim, particularly the Antrim Coast and Glens.

"Fears over the future of GP services in the area is causing a great deal of concern in the local area. 

"I have discussed this with Health Minister Michelle O'Neill when I brought her to meet GPs in the Glens area recently.

"Minister O'Neill is acutely aware of the vital role GPs play in the Health Service. Indeed she has set out clear actions in her transformation plan to ensure the long term sustainability of General Practice including a substantial increase in GP training places to 111 over the next two years.

"I am aware negotiations between the Health Board and local GP surgeries to maintain access to GP services for the area is ongoing and I am hopeful a solution can be found. Scare mongering from some candidates has more to do with the Assembly election than it has to do with ensuring GP services in the Antrim Coast and Glens."

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