'Support needed for primary care' - Sheehan
Primary healthcare services and workers need the support and empowerment set out in Michelle O'Neill's plan to transform the health and social care system, Sinn Féin’s health spokesperson Pat Sheehan has said.
Speaking after a recent conference on the future of primary care, the West Belfast MLA commented:
"Primary care is the bedrock of our health and social care system and it must be supported to continue to deliver care to the community going into the future."
"Primary care services, and general practice in particular, are currently facing serious challenges in meeting ever increasing demand.
"Former Minister for Health Michelle O'Neill increased the number of GP training places this year."
"Efforts to increase GP numbers must continue, including making medical students aware of the opportunities within, and the vital role played by, general practice.
"Other professionals such as Pharmacists, Allied Health Professionals and Advanced Nurse Practitioners-to name a few-have a significant contribution to make as part of multidisciplinary teams delivering primary care as envisaged in Delivering Together.
"The primary care workforce and community and voluntary sector must continue to be supported in delivering transformation of primary care services."