GP Services

GP Services

GP Services

GP Services across Mid-Scotland and Fife remain under severe pressure.

Within the next few years, experts believe that there will be a shortage of more than 800 GPs across Scotland. Currently, a third of Scottish GP training places go unfilled and as many as 3,000 Scottish trained doctors are now estimated to work abroad.

That is why I support calls for primary care to be prioritised in the NHS and for 11 per cent of all NHS spending to go directly to GP Practices.

I was shocked to learn that a multi-million pound scheme to recruit GPs in NHS Forth Valley had not delivered a single new GP.

Locum spending also remains a concern in the area with figures released by the health board revealing that £329,892 was spent on locum GPs in 2016/17, compared to £18,141 in 2013/14.

I have met with several GP practices to hear first-hand their concerns about the severe pressures that they find themselves dealing with and will continue to listen to the views of our hard-working NHS staff about their priorities.