Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie, has urged the SNP Government to act after it was revealed one in five GP training slots in Scotland has been left unfilled this summer.
Reports today found that 65 GP training posts are lying vacant, heaping further pressure on to General Practices across the country already facing a recruitment and retention crisis.
The BMA and the Royal College of GP’s has already warned that 900 GPs will be needed by 2020 in order to maintain the current levels of access to community doctors.
Commenting, Mr Rennie said:
“A significant one in five GP training jobs remain unfilled.
“Experts are warning that these figures confirm the critical nature of Scotland’s GP recruitment problem.
“GP practices up and down the country are closing down or restricting patient lists because they do not have enough doctors.
“When will the SNP Government take their head out of the sand and recognise Scotland is facing a GP crisis?
“My fear is that unless action is taken now, the crisis will become inevitable and local communities will suffer.
“I plead with the SNP Government to act quickly to help existing GPs, and to recruit and train enough new GPs and practice staff, to prevent the 2020 crisis."