More GP training places a welcome move - Lockhart

Councillor Carl Lockhart
Councillor Carl Lockhart

The announcement made last week by the Minister for Health, Simon Hamilton, that £1.2 million per year will be invested in 20 additional GP training places has been welcomed by DUP Councillor and Assembly candidate Carla Lockhart.

Councillor Carla Lockhart said they would add to the 65 GP training places which currently exist.

She went on “I would welcome wholeheartedly this investment in GP training.

“When out on the ground with my constituency work I am continuously lobbied on the issue of GP waiting times and the difficulties in accessing GP Out-of Hours Services particularly in the Upper Bann area.

“We are very fortunate in that we have the best GP workforce in the world but also the oldest and therefore it is vital that we invest given the increasing demand from an ageing population.

“Investment will ensure that people will get a GP appointment when they need it as it will help attract more GPs to work in practices, alongside more pharmacists, nurses and other professionals.

“I want to see the shortage of GPs addressed and I believe that this will go someway to attracting new people into this vital role.

“A role that plays a key part in transforming our health and social care system and creating a 21st century service that all can enjoy.”