Cole-Hamilton: GP bursaries no silver bullet

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said a long-term solution to GP shortages is still required after the Scottish Government announced plans for GP trainee bursaries.

37 bursaries will be made available to doctors willing to work in areas where training posts have remained unfilled in recent years.

The Royal College of GPs has warned that Scotland is set to be hundreds of GPs short by 2020.

Commenting, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“Any move to increase the number of doctors who choose to train as GPs is welcome but this scheme is no silver bullet. Even if the bursaries announced today are all taken up, we will still not have closed the gap between the number of GP training places available and the number of doctors choosing to go into primary care.

“This scheme has the potential to make a difference for more rural areas where there are particular recruitment challenges. But make no mistake, further action is required if we are to get to grips with Scotland’s GP crisis. We need a long term solution to this problem."

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