HEALTH MATTERS: SNP FAIL TO KEEP THEIR WORD ON GP NUMBERS

Alexandria Health Centre at Vale of Leven Hospital and (above) Dumbarton Health Centre.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has urged the Scottish Government to boost GP numbers after a new survey from the BMA showed that four out of five GP practices say they are failing to keep up with demand from patients.

BMA Scottish GP committee chair Andrew Buist this morning warned “I don’t think we have made any progress [towards a Scottish Government commitment to increase GP numbers by 800]… We knew we were short of GPs before the pandemic, the pandemic has just exposed the reality.”

Responding Mr Cole-Hamilton said:  “The bottom line here is that successive SNP Health Secretaries cannot be trusted to keep their word on GP numbers.

“A shortage of GPs creates stress and unmanageable workloads for staff and distress among the public. The Scottish Government was aware of this, and yet did nothing about it.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats have extensively campaigned for a wider range of specialists, diagnosis and treatment in local communities. The Scottish Government need to increase the number of trained GPs in Scotland and embed more nurses, dieticians and physiotherapists with GPs so that people can get a wider range of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care within their community. That’s how to reduce the burden on current staff.”

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  1. Has attendances to GP’s gone up, has the number of GP’s gone down, or is it a combination of both.

    Can you get an answer to these questions as folks struggle to get a GP appointment, ambulance, access to A and E. I don’t think you can. Nicola Sturgeon and her army of spin doctors tell you everything is great. Opposition parties ya boo that all is bad – and all people know is that the papers are saying that the NHS is collapsing.

    Propaganda wars. That is our society. That is our politicians and our world view determined by what we are allowed to read, how it is spun.

    Was in the Dumbarton Hight Street yesterday and a jaikey had fallen on the pavement 1/4 bottle of whisky in hand. That’s all right Harry cried one of the onlookers – you’ll get your taxi home soon – and indeed the ambulance was along in a few minutes.

    On the other hand someone I know with severe medical difficulties had to call an ambulance. They paramedics got him stabilized but whilst doing so advised that if he felt stabilization would be better in the hospital he’d have to wait 3 or 4 hours in the ambulance awaiting admission.

    So what’s the story?

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