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March 22, 2012 12:01 AM

Commenting on the BMA's criticism today of the Scottish Government's failure to address GP premises, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said: "GPs best serve their patients when they can offer good, locally responsive health care.

"The shift away from acute care to community based health care which is integrated with social care services confirm this. The BMA is right to point out that in order to offer this kind of integrated care, it is imperative GPs have the facilities to do this. We should not be in a situation where the lack of adequate infrastructure has a bearing on what new services can be offered to patients.

"In light of the BMA's comments, the Scottish Government need to review this situation immediately. Their smash and grab on health board capital budgets in 2010 took away local responsiveness to deal with these matters.

"Liberal Democrats believe that it is communities that know how best to run locally responsive services. It would be in the interests of the SNP to realise this.

"The SNP need to wise up to the power of local communities instead of grabbing all power to the centre."