Responding to the publication of a GP headcount, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
“While the headcount has been steady, we know more GPs are opting to work part-time because of the pressures of the job.
“Earlier this year the Primary Care Workforce Survey showed a ‘consistent decline’ in the number of full-time GPs and the number of practices reporting stubborn vacancies soaring. I found posts lying vacant for two years.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats demand better. It is time to end the GP crisis and the prescription is clear.
"The Scottish Government must end the years of systematic disinvestment that doctors have described, get on top of workforce planning and embed a mental health practitioner in every surgery, ending the scandal of access to this treatment and reducing some of the pressure on GPs."