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Cole-Hamilton: GP places are too little too late

June 1, 2018 5:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the Scottish Government's announcement of 85 additional university medical places designed to train more GPs, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"This is far too little too late from the SNP Government.

"On Shona Robison's watch a quarter of practices now have vacancies, up from just 9% five years ago. I have uncovered posts that have been vacant for two years and the BMA has warned that doctors are under pressure like never before.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats are clear that we need to see an end to the neglect of primary care and embed a mental health practitioner in every surgery, ending the scandal of year long waits for this treatment and reducing some of the pressure on GPs. It is also essential to avoid a Tory hard Brexit that would deprive our NHS of essential staff and make the GP crisis even worse."