The Herald today reports that the SNP’s recruitment drive for 100 trainee GPs has seen only 37 posts filled. Commenting on the report, Scottish Labour Health spokesperson Anas Sarwar said:
“Sticking plaster solutions to the SNP GP crisis won’t work – we need to see a much more radical approach from Nationalist ministers.
New funding is welcome, but the test will not just be the money spent – it will be the number of new GPs recruited and retained, as well as saving local practices from closure and providing more auxiliary support services.
After a decade of SNP mismanagement, we now need to see real progress in primary care. That begins with the new GP contract but there are other reforms we need to see.
Labour would take the pressure off our family doctors and deliver better care for patients by expanding the role of pharmacies and rolling out the Minor Ailment Service across Scotland.
We know that not everyone who makes an appointment with their local surgery necessarily needs to see a GP. That is why we also need to see investment in specialist nurses and nurse practitioners, to make sure patients get the care they need from the most appropriate professional, freeing our GPs to focus on the cases for which they’re needed.”