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gp government fundingMarch 14 2016

A BMA survey of general practices in Scotland has suggested that GP recruitment problems are deepening there.

With 500 responses from Scotland’s 975 GP practices, the survey found that 26% of practices had at least one GP vacancy as at February 15 2016. A similar BMA survey published in March 2015 had found that 17% of practices reported having at least one vacancy.

In addition, of the practices that reported having at least one vacancy, 41% indicated that this post had been vacant for six months or longer.

The ‘snapshot survey” findings on the level of GP vacancies was “extremely troubling,” said Dr Alan McDevitt, Chair of BMA Scotland’s GP Committee. “It indicates that the recruitment and retention problems in general practice we have been warning of have become significantly worse over the last year.

“It is not enough to talk about record numbers of GPs in Scotland when the vacancy rate shows that there are simply not enough doctors to meet the demands being put upon general practice.”

He called on the Scottish Government to commit to improving recruitment and retention, as well as to increasing funding to general practice and primary care. “Steps to ease the unmanageable workload on GPs such as the abolition of QOF will help the profession, but a lot more must be done if general practice is to once again be an attractive career choice for doctors.”

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