5 June 2019

Scottish Labour has backed calls for more GPs and more resources for general practice, as the RCGP formally launch their report “From the Frontline: The Changing Landscape of Scottish General Practice.”

A key finding of the survey is that over a third of GPs report that their workload is overwhelming.

The main asks of the report highlight the need for a move to fifteen minute appointments, and more funding to reduce health inequalities.

Speaking at the formal launch of the report at Hemma in central Edinburgh, Scottish Labour Health Spokesperson Monica Lennon will say:

“GPs are the frontline of our NHS, and if we do not properly support General Practice then the rest of our health service suffers as a result – often with increased pressure on A&E.

“Scotland is facing a shortage of over 850 GPs by 2021, and the government’s current plans will not plug the gap – so we’re going in the opposite direction of where we need to be.

“Scottish Labour supports the calls for increased capacity within General Practice, and we will continue to ask questions and make suggestions to the Health Secretary – because our NHS needs a plan to address growing health inequalities and workforce pressures.”

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