GPs warn of 'grave pressures' facing health service

GPs in Northern Ireland have written an open letter warning of the current pressures facing the health service.

The Royal College of GPs has highlighted growing waiting lists and plummeting morale as key concerns.

The organisation has called for urgent funding and planned reforms to be implemented.

"We may be able to press pause on our political institutions, but we cannot pause patient illness and we cannot risk the deterioration of our health service. Our patients deserve better than this," the letter states.

"Doctors are working under immense pressure to try to care for patients in their community - but there is only so much good will and so much extra work that doctors can offer before they burn out."