‘Time to get to grips with Angus’ GP crisis’ say politicians

David May and Mike Rumbles outside the Brechin Health Centre
David May and Mike Rumbles outside the Brechin Health Centre

Two politicians have called for urgent action to address the shortage of GPs in Angus and across the North-east.

Councillor David May and Mike Rumbles MSP are saying it is “time to get to grips with Angus’ GP crisis”.

Cllr May has expressed his concern for the continuation of services, such as the Brechin Health Centre, if meaningful action is not taken by the Scottish Ministers.

He said: “I call on Shona Robison to take responsibility and encourage more medical students into our universities and on into GP training programmes.

“Failure to attract adequate numbers of doctors into general practice has dramatically increased GP workload and is placing an unacceptable strain on services.

“Having been at the helm for a decade, the blame for this unacceptable situation rests firmly on the SNP administration in Edinburgh.

“I commend the exceptional action and contingency planning put in place by NHS staff in the area and their dedication to delivering the best possible service for patients in Brechin and welcome the recent appointment of a GP to Brechin.”

Mr Rumbles highlighted figures last week that showed more than a quarter of GP training places have not been filled.

He said: “GP’s are the crucial front line of our health service and we need to ensure that primary care is getting the investment it needs.

“In response to this the Scottish Government has increased the number of GP training places, but this will only help boost numbers where these places are taken up.

“At present a quarter of these places were left unfilled.

“The SNP have not delivered the support GPs need and this is deterring new blood coming into general practice.

“More empty training places will not solve this crisis, the North-east needs meaningful action.”