Based on a survey by the GP magazine, Pulse, the Independent reported today:
‘GP vacancies (in England) rise to record levels despite recruitment pledge, survey suggests. Long patient waits and unsafe, rushed appointments are unlikely to end any time soon as vacancies have risen from 9.1 per cent to 15.3 per cent since the (UK) government pledged 5 000 more doctors.’
In sharp contrast, the GP vacancy rate in Scotland was only 5.6% at the end of 2017.
While this difference will have multiple causes, perhaps these are major explanatory factors:
Scottish Government funds new initiative to reduce planned waiting times in the wake of BMA praise for its new GP contract and illustrating what the Nuffield Trust called ‘a unique system of improving the quality of health care.’
Also, this suggests the vacancy rate in Scotland, while regrettable, is not critical: