Who will save the Scottish surgeries?


Two years ago, the SNP launched the ‘GP Recruitment and Retention Programme’ to try and negate the ever-escalating number of GPs fleeing Scotland. It is reported that £2.5 million was injected into securing more family doctors to rural and deprived areas. But with only 18 appointments having been made, could this be the most expensive recruitment campaign ever at £138,888 per hire?

Naturally, it’s given the Scottish Conservatives plenty of ammunition with Shadow Health Secretary, Miles Briggs, saying, "It’s no wonder Scotland is in the grip of a general practice crisis when the SNP government fails so miserably to attract doctors to the job. This was launched with the promise of delivering GPs for rural and deprived areas. Instead, it’s led to a handful of new appointments which will barely have had any impact at all. Indeed, at this rate it would take this scheme almost a century to address the shortage of 856 GPs we’re expected to have. This is just another blatant failing of the SNP workforce planning, and the consequences on the ground are a population struggling to get a GP appointment, and those family doctors who are left feeling the strain.”

Muck throwing aside, this is a fail of epic proportions. As a result, the Scottish Conservatives have launched a Save our Surgeries campaign.

Given the severity of the crisis Scotland’s people are facing, let’s hope politics doesn’t overtake the matter in hand. And, together, they get on and sort it out.


Monday, 13 November 2017

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Who will save the Scottish surgeries?
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