In response to the news that an SNP plan to recruit new GPs has attracted just 18 new doctors in the two years since it was launched, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
"Under this SNP Government, GP services are under funded and under pressure.
"In surgeries across the country the recruitment crisis is causing staff to consider their own futures, yet just a handful of recruits have been secured through this flagship scheme.
"Between flatlining recruitment schemes and a Conservative Brexit disaster that is pushing vital medical staff away from the UK, the pressure on the hardworking staff who remain is intolerable and unsustainable.
"It is time the Scottish Conservatives joined the case for an "NHS passport" for EU health staff and the SNP put a mental health practitioner in every surgery, taking some of the pressure off GPs and ending the scandal of poor access to mental health treatments."