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Northern Ireland Health News

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

In-practice services decline as a result of LHSCGs

Family doctors' fear that the new primary care arrangements introduced here in April this year would damage rather than enhance services for patients are proving justified, according to the BMA. Dr Brian Patterson, GP in Portglenone, said his practice has had its physiotherapy sessions cut by half each week. The reason given by his Trust was that the waiting times for physiotherapy within his practice were much lower than in the remainder of the Trust area. 'Rather than attempt to improve waiting times in other practices, the Trust took the decision to reduce best level to worst level. This does not make sense,' said Dr Patterson.

Northern Ireland Medical Review, September 2002

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