Brown hits out over GP num­bers

Rutherglen Reformer - - CAMBUSLANG PARK'S FUN DAY -

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.”

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