Action needed to avoid GP shortage


Urgent action is required to address Scotland’s GP crisis as new figures showed more than a quarter of primary care training places have not been filled.

210 training places were left vacant across the NHS after the latest recruitment round.

More than one in four GP training posts were unfilled, an increase from the previous year.

The SNP have been warned time and again that we face a crisis in primary care but have failed to deliver the support that hard working GPs need.

Increasing the number of training places will only help boost GP numbers if they are taken up.

GPs are the front-line of our NHS and we need to ensure that primary care is getting the sort of investment it needs.

Unless we see urgent action now we face the prospect of being hundreds of GPs short by 2020.

 The steps that the SNP have taken up to this point have fallen short. Unless we see urgent action now we face the prospect of being hundreds of GPs short by 2020.

The Scottish Government cannot claim success when more than a quarter of GP training places have been left empty.


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