Service swamped on its first weekend
GPs in Northern Ireland have been promised they will get overdue payments for implementing 48-hour access by the end of the month.
Practices should have received £3,000 to £4,000 on average in preparatory payments at the end of June but have still not been given the cash.
GPC Northern Ireland vice- chair Dr Tom Black said all four health and social services boards had given him assurances the money would come through this month.
But he added that criteria for GPs to demonstrate they were meeting the access target, released last week, were overly bureaucratic and appeared more concerned with 'paper than patients'.