Up-date on Provision of GP Services, Glenarm

East Antrim UUP MLA Roy Beggs has recently been given an update by the Health and Social Care Board regarding the Antrim Coast Medical Practice.

HSCB have advised, “Elected representatives will be aware of the upcoming retirement of Dr Glover in Antrim Coast Medical Practice in Glenarm. The Health and Social Care Board has met with neighbouring GP practices in an effort to secure General Medical Services in Glenarm. Consultation with these practices is continuing and the Board will keep elected representatives and patients appraised of the situation. Dr Glover continues to provide GP services to patients of Antrim Coast Medical Practice and patients are encouraged to remain registered with this practice.”

Roy Beggs MLA said “It is of concern that there are still no new arrangements for GP services as of yet, for the Antrim Coast Medical Practice patients.

However, developments in the Bannview Practice, Portadown, must heighten concerns to constituents from the Glenarm and Carnlough area.  The Health Minister has advised this week that Health & Social Care Boards efforts to maintain GP services in the Bann View Practice, Portadown has suffered a blow as the contractor who had been appointed has withdrawn from the scheme. 

It is essential that the Primary Health care services provided by GP continues to be available to patients from Glenarm and Carnlough, and I have written to the Health Minister for further clarity on the situation at Antrim Coast Medical Practise.

It is regrettable that Ministers rather than concentrate their efforts in providing local GP Health services and indeed set the Budget for 2017/18 with additional resources to deal with pressures on GP’s and the unacceptable waiting lists, have decided NI is heading for an election.”

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