Brown hits out over GP numbers
Rutherglen councillor Robert Brown has criticised the Scottish Government over a future shortfall in GPs.
He pointed to a survey of 389 GPs at 352 practices across Scotland, conducted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats, which revealed that a third of GPs would not choose to become a GP if they were given the choice again.
Mr Brown said: “The GP shortage is behind the crisis in the GP Out of Hours service too – and the continued threat that this service will be moved from the Victoria Infirmary to a centralised Lanarkshire facility in Hamilton or Airdrie.
“We have been warning about this for months. The Royal College of GPs have warned that Scotland will be 740 GPs short by 2020.
“Now our Scottish Liberal Democrat Report shows just how pressurised GPs across Scotland feel – it really isn’t good enough to say that the current approach is working.
“Our survey will show how this GP shortfall is already having a real impact on local doctors.
“The SNP Government need to act now to prevent a real crisis by 2020.”