11 June 2015
North East MSP Richard Baker will this week
question Scottish Government Ministers on
the shortage of GPs in the North East after
concerns have been raised locally over the
looming crisis in GP recruitment.
In recent weeks it has been announced that
Brimmond Medical Practice is to close due to
It has also been revealed
that Great Western Medical Practice have had
to cut the number of appointments they are
over the next three months also due to staff
Mr Baker will question Ministers at
Thursday’s General Question Time in the
Scottish Parliament on the action they are
taking to ensure that recruitment
difficulties can be rectified.
Richard Baker said
“NHS Grampian and the Scottish Government
assured us they were going to address this
at the beginning of this year.
“So far we have seen Brimmond close,
warnings over the number of GPs retiring and
now, we have got a practice saying that they
are going to cut the number of appointments.
“This shows that the Scottish Government
simply isn’t doing enough to ensure that NHS
Grampian has enough doctors. They need to
address this issue because patients are
suffering as a result.
“I will be raising this with Ministers and I
hope that they have a positive position to
set out including measures to support a
comprehensive strategy for GP recruitment at