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General Medical Practices

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many general medical practices have withdrawn from the health centres at (a) Bangor, (b) Lisburn, (c) Limavady and (d) Coleraine; how many practices remain at each of these four centres; from which other health centres general medical practices have withdrawn; and whether there are any plans to extend existing health centres or to provide new health centres for general medical practices.

[holding answer 14 May 1990]: The numbers of general medical practices that withdrew from the four health centres during the past three years and the numbers now remaining are shown in the table:

Practices withdrawn3100
Practices remaining6238

The numbers that withdrew from other health centres in the same period are:

Practices withdrawn:

  • Cookstown 1
  • Moneymore 1

There are no plans to extend existing or to provide new health centres to accommodate additional general medical practices. The improvement or extension of facilities at existing health centres is a matter for the appropriate health and social services board.