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NAGP says politics should be taken out of health

By Dermot - 18th Feb 2016 | 4 views

The Association is seeking a cross-party consensus on health policy as the election campaign continues.

The Association called on all party leaders and independents to form a cross-party consensus on health policy, with the view to developing a 20-year plan for health.

“A stable long-term vision for healthcare reform is what is needed, and only by removing politics from healthcare will meaningful and positive change be effected,” said NAGP Chairman, Dr Andy Jordan.

“We believe general practice can play a major role in solving the current health crisis if there is a politically-agreed mandate for a 20-year plan to deliver a sustainable and efficient health service.

“Politics must be taken out of health and the patient put back at the centre.”

According to the NAGP letter, a “reasonable timeframe” is required to resolve the challenges within the health service, including manpower, morale, resources, service development, connectedness and physical infrastructure.

“Engagement and dialogue among all the parties can be a major driver for agreed, sustainable and meaningful change,” the letter states.

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