Briggs presses Health Secretary on Lothian GP crisis at Question Time.

Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP and the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, today at the first Question Time in the Scottish Parliament since the summer recess pressed the Health Secretary Shona Robison on the GP crisis affecting Lothian which has seen numerous GP practices restrict new patient registration.

Miles referred to the fact that over 40% of GP practices within NHS Lothian are either full and not accepting new patients, or are restricting registration. In addition, the RCGP is predicting a shortfall of 828 GPs across Scotland by 2021 and Miles asked the Health Secretary if she really believed that the Scottish Government was doing enough to ensure that areas like Lothian with fast growing populations were going to have an adequate number of GPs to support an increasing number of patients.

Speaking afterwards Miles said:

“ Shona Robison appears to be in denial about the crisis affecting GP services across Lothian which is of such concern to local residents.

“ Local GPs are overstretched and have been warning about workload pressures for years now, yet it took the SNP government ten years just to produce a national NHS workforce plan.

“ As Lothian’s population grows and demand for primary care services continues to increase, we need to see more GPs working in this region.

“ The SNP government could and should be doing far more, as a matter of urgency, to develop innovative solutions to recruit and retain GPs and the Scottish Conservatives will continue to press the SNP to invest in our vital primary care services.”



Miles Briggs