Scotland needs more GPs

Recruitment, choice and a focus on clinical need are among the ‘Priorities for Health' outlined by the BMA ahead of next May's Scottish parliamentary elections.

The BMA Scotland manifesto is based on a survey in which a quarter of doctors reported medical vacancies in their GP practice or hospital department. More than half (54 per cent) of these have existed for six months.

‘Supply does not match dem-and,’ said Dr Peter Terry, chairman of BMA Scotland. ‘There is an urgent need to develop plans to increase the number of doctors in Scotland. The profession must be valued, invested in and freed from political interference.’

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