Calls for health impact studies

More must be done to meet demand for health services in growing communities in Scotland, says a leading GP.

Last week, estimates forecast Scotland's population would rise by 7 per cent to 5.54 million by 2033, according to the General Register Office.

Dr Dean Marshall, chairman of GPC Scotland, said: 'At present there is no requirement for planning departments to consider the impact of new housing developments on local health services. We believe that it would be common sense to include this as part of the planning process.'

Dr Brian Keighley, BMA Scotland chairman, said introducing health impact assessments for all government policy was a practical measure that could help to close the health inequalities gap.

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