Cole-Hamilton: New figures show continued GP underfunding

Responding to the news that the share of the NHS budget spent on GP services was 6.8% in 2017/18, compared to 7.3% in 2013/14, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

"The SNP's mismanagement has brought GP surgeries to crisis point. 

"A quarter of practices now have vacancies, up from just 9% in five years. I have uncovered posts that have been vacant for two years and doctors have warned they are under pressure like never before. 

"Scottish Liberal Democrats demand better. The Scottish Government must end the underfunding of general practice and put a mental health practitioner in every surgery, easing some of the pressure on GPs and ending the scandal of poor access to mental health treatments."

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