Our GP service is beyond a crisis, it is on life support.
Family doctors are one step closer to staging a mass resignation after health bosses failed in a promise to help struggling GP surgeries. Tens of thousands of patients across Northern Ireland will have to pay to see their GPs if the threatened action goes ahead.
It will also throw life-saving initiatives, such as the flu vaccination and childhood vaccination programme which are delivered by GP surgeries, into chaos.
The British Medical Association (BMA) has voted to collect resignation letters from members, stating GPs can no longer tolerate the workload and stress, with doctors even raising concerns over patient safety due to working conditions.
In the meantime this situation will not get resolved soon unless the NI executive is formed before the 27th this month. If not it will mean that there will be another election and more months of this situation being left unresolved.
In short it is a terrible situation that we can no longer sit back and allow to happen.