GPs in Northern Ireland have agreed a range of contingency measures to help address their spiralling workload and mitigate against the current crisis in primary care. The measures will include referring patients back to hospitals for test results and appointments, no longer arranging out-patient ambulance transport and no longer completing insurance or PIP paperwork.
GPs will also use more telephone triage to make sure they only see patients who actually need to see a doctor and will encourage the use of over the counter medications. They may also choose to close their list to new patients and may introduce half day closing of practices.
Read the full article from the BMA here.