One of the most common complaints at my surgeries in Rutherglen and Cambuslang are from constituents about the length of time it takes for them to get an appointment with their GP.
In some cases people have reported waiting over three weeks, just for a quick check-up.
I have previously argued that, as local GPs provide front-line care, and deal with all sorts of cases, including being people’s first point-of-call for mental health, the Scottish Government should be protecting and properly funding our GP’s.
It is very alarming that independent experts are telling us that our GP surgeries’ are being underfunded which is leading to a postcode lottery.
The report states that practices which have the most patients with multiple problems are given less money than those in wealthier neighbourhoods where people enjoy better health.
This means that GPs in the most deprived areas of the country receive £10 less than the average practice for each patient.
This is nothing short of a scandal which needs to be urgently addressed by SNP Ministers at Holyrood.
The population in this constituency has increased significantly, yet there has been no increase in the number of GP practices.
With a huge number of GPs retiring in the next decade you would think that investing in the next generation of family doctors would be a priority for the Scottish Government.
Unfortunately, they’ve cut funding for medical students.
It’s time the Scottish Government woke up and addressed the looming crisis of GP provision and this is particularly important for areas like Rutherglen and Cambuslang, with new developments bringing
Festive season begins
And so begins a very busy month with the festive season
People have reported waiting three weeks for a check up
Xmas joy James Kelly at the Rutherglen Old Parish Church Christmas fayre