Problems with obtaining appointments at Brechin Health Centre has prompted the practice to appeal to their patients for help tackling the issue.
In the past two years, two senior GPs and a nurse practitioner have left the surgery, causing a greater work load for the remain staff. The centre are trying to address the problem, but need the support of their patients.
A spokesperson for the centre commented: “We have been unable to fill our current vacant fill time GP position, despite advertising globally, nationally and locally for several months. This is because many GPs are now retiring and there are fewer new GPs qualifying, many of whom are working part time, along with many young GPs emigrating.
“In fact, there are several other GP practices who are also struggling to replace GPs who are leaving. As we are also that little bit more rural in Brechin, it can be harder to attract potential applicants.”
As a result of this problem, fewer GPs are now looking after a larger number of patients and this along with an increasing population age, government targets and paperwork means that there are fewer appointments available.