GP funding boost needed

I've called for urgent action to boost primary care as new figures from the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) suggested that Scotland is losing a GP every eight days.

The figures were released as the RCGP launched a new “Think GP” campaign. Unless we see urgent action now we face the prospect of being hundreds of doctors short by 2020.

Lib Dems have warned the government time and again that primary care services in Scotland are in trouble.

We are now at crisis point and these figures suggest that we are still losing one GP every eight days. 

Tackling this problem means increasing spending on primary care.

Lib Dem plans to embed mental health professionals in GP surgeries would also reduce pressure on doctors. The steps that the Scottish Government have taken so far will not plug this gap.  

It is time that the Scottish Government got serious about giving GPs and practice nurses the support they need.

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