Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has warned that Scotland is facing an acute shortage of GPs as new figures revealed the number of doctors taking up new GP training places has fallen from 336 in 2010 to 241 in 2015.
Lead List Candidate for West Scotland region, Katy Gordon, commented:
"I am not surprised that trainee doctors are put off becoming GPs when so little money is being invested in primary care and doctors are overstretched and under resourced. The SNP has consistently failed to match the funding for health that they have south of the border and this is short-changing our health service, patients and GPs. There is little point in Nicola Sturgeon announcing an increase in GP training places when the existing ones are not being filled.
"This is a crisis being felt right now across the country. In Irvine for example, I know of patients who have to regularly queue in the street outside their GP surgery just to make an appointment. The SNP needs to provide more than warm words and spurious targets. They need to get serious about supporting GP services."