Threat to GP services for 3,500 patients in Crossmaglen highlights dismal performance of outgoing Executive.
Alan Love, UKIP Assembly Candidate for Newry and Armagh, has condemned the 2011-16 Stormont Coalition for dismally failing to maintain essential health provision in Northern Ireland.
“The imminent resignation of the single overworked GP at Rathkeeland House Surgery, in Crossmaglen, puts GP services at severe risk for 3,500 people in the area. It must be noted that the chair of the British Medical Association’s Northern Ireland GP Committee, Dr Tom Black, has warned it will be difficult to find a replacement.
“It is to be hoped that a replacement will be found but this crisis is a direct result of the outgoing Coalition at Stormont failing to prioritise its spending. Rather than take difficult decisions on where its limited supply of money should be spent the Executive has continued to pour funds into pet projects such as the funding of the use of dead languages and the destruction of city centres with bus and cycle lanes – to name only two.
“The Executive has had little influence on the £700,000 per day which is Northern Ireland’s share of the UK’s net contribution to the European Union. However, it has had the opportunity to make sure that vital Government services such as Health, the Economy, Education and Public and Transport Infrastructure are adequately funded.”
Mr. Love added:
“In the coming weeks Sinn Fein, DUP, SDLP, Alliance and UUP candidates will try to present themselves as victims in this fiasco. This will not wash with the voters of Northern Ireland who know it is time for change.”