Should we press-gang NHS staff?

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW - C Mitchell An­nan Road Dum­fries

Sir – I see Colin Smyth Labour MSP con­sid­ers it the fault of the cur­rent Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment that the health board is strug­gling to fill med­i­cal posts.

Well , what a sur­prise that he should come to that con­clu­sion.

He tells us Labour has set up a work­force com­mis­sion to tackle the prob­lem, with­out giv­ing any clue as to what their op­tions would be.

Of course, Labour al­ways has so­lu­tions to prob­lems when in op­po­si­tion but seem to lose them when in power (the dog ate it, sir!)

What should any Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment do to en­cour­age med­i­cal staff to move to the area?

Press-gang them like in cen­turies gone by when that is how the navy got its men?

Many med­i­cal peo­ple pre­fer a move to a city with all that can of­fer and that is why it is hard for ru­ral ar­eas to en­tice them, noth­ing to do with the mis­man­age­ment of our lo­cal NHS.

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