In the Independent today:
‘Millions of patients could lose their GP surgery within the next 12 months as factors such as stress contribute to a shortage of doctors, a new study has warned. More than 350 practices in England alone could face closure within a year as doctors quit the profession over working conditions, according to a new survey by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RSGP). In its study of 1,094 doctors across England, the RSGP found almost a third said they would not be working in general practice in five years, with stress and retirement cited as the most common reasons.’
The Scottish Sun has gone for the deceptively stupid solution of just pretending that they think the English study applies to Scotland too:
Not for the first time we see a lack of coordination in the propaganda units north and south of the border as they struggle to attack their different prime targets, the UK Tory government and Scottish SNP government with the same story. In some cases, the BBC in England has used NHS Scotland’s superior performance to attack the Tories failing to realise or perhaps not caring that this will then undermine their wee colleagues in Scotland.
Though not impossible, BBC Scotland will find it difficult to evidence problems in GP supply or performance in Scotland, given clear evidence to the contrary in these:
They may have to resort to just telling a big porkie, once more.