Ministers must heed GP survey as they consider their draft budget


Scottish Ministers should heed the call from GPs for additional funding and staff, according to Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP.

A BMA survey of 900 GPs in Scotland found that  
91 per cent believe their workload has negatively impacted on the quality of care given to patients, and when asked to rank priorities, 44 per cent said increased funding and 36 per cent said increased GP numbers.

Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

"GPs are under enormous pressure and Greens support the call for a greater share of health funding to go toward general practice. Scottish Ministers also need to review the way funding is dispersed as GPs in deprived areas dealing with the health impacts of poverty have the heaviest workloads yet do not receive a fair share of funding. 

"I urge Scottish Ministers to heed this survey as they consider their draft budget for the coming year."