I’m sure we are all grateful for the above parliamentary question enabling us to see that, since the first SNP government, GP numbers have risen steadily in all but 5 of the very smallest of Scotland’s 14 health boards. Note that in the challenging recruitment areas such as Borders and Grampian, GP staffing has gone up and that in Highland and Shetland, the fall has been too small to indicate any significant trend. Notably it has been in two constituencies with relatively high-profile Conservative and Lib-Dem leadership, Dumfries & Galloway and Orkney, that we see major problems. You have to wonder what, after decades of control, David Mundell and Liam McArthur have been doing with their time when they could have been working to use their cultural capital to persuade GPs to settle in these places.
Readers will know that there has been other evidence of success in SNP management of the GP population. For a wee reminder, see:
Why did BBC Breakfast pretend GP staffing figures for Scotland are not available?
Big increase in number of women GPs is excellent news for Scotland
No GP Crisis in Scotland but..
Report of GP staffing crisis in England appears before Scottish media can fake equivalent story
Scottish GP vacancy rate now only one -third of that in non-Scottish parts of UK
In the Scotsman today, 93% of Scottish patients get appointment with GP within 2 days!
Lib Dems feed STV with dubious tale of GPs working too many hours
Scottish GP Contract rated ‘far superior’ by BMA, introduced today, to strengthen patient care
Scottish GPs agree to new contract by 71.5%. Did the 5% wasted forms have willies drawn on them?
As anti-SNP media scrabble desperately for a crisis in NHS Scotland, GP numbers hold constant and access for patients remains far better than in any other part of the UK
SNP act to maintain Scotland’s competitive advantage in GP staffing and satisfaction
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.’
New Scottish GP contract rated far superior, by BMA, to English equivalent as Scottish GP numbers hold steady and NHS England loses 1 000 in one year!
Already the best staffed and least stressed in the UK, Scottish GPs to get better contracts
SNP Government invests £2.5million so that GPs have more time with patients
SNP Government to invest £71.6 million to improve on what is already the best-staffed and the most contented primary care system (GPs) in the UK and perhaps beyond