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GPC denies province has enough GPs

The GPC in Northern Ireland has rejected claims by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety that GP numbers in the province are 'more than adequate'.

It argues an extra 300 GPs are needed to cope with workload and even more will be required in future.

In an answer to a parliamentary question on GP recruitment, the department said: 'To date, in the case of GPs, this supply has been more than adequate to meet service demand as evidenced by the absence of a significant number of vacancies in GP


But the GPC said services were only adequate because locum GPs were covering gaps.

GPC Northern Ireland member Dr Brian Dunn said the recruitment problem was not on the same scale as England, but GP registrar numbers were falling.

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