Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Cabinet secretary is out of ideas on GP recruitment crisis




Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has accused the SNP Government’s Health Secretary of being out of ideas in how to solve the rural GP recruitment crisis.

Mr Carson challenged Shona Robison MSP to come up with fresh ideas to recruit new GP’s to his constituency, hitting out at previous schemes which have failed to attract new GP’s to Dumfries and Galloway.

A GP Recruitment and Retention Programme in 2015 failed to recruit any GP’s to Dumfries in Galloway, whilst last year the first graduate level medicine course was launched, while only this month funding was announced for 85 additional places, a far cry from the 850 GP’s requited across Scotland.

In response to Mr Carson, Ms Robison even suggested that it was the responsibility of Mr Carson to come up with ideas on how to solve the recruitment issues.

Mr Carson says enough is enough and that Ms Robison has had ample time in order to ensure patients in the region can easily access a GP locally, and says her lack of answers suggests she has ran out of ideas.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “What I saw in the Chamber was a Health Secretary who is out of ideas when it comes to solving the GP crisis in rural areas.

“We have had scheme after scheme which have failed to deliver enough GP’s for patients locally, and for Shona Robison to ask me for ideas on how to recruit new GP’s shows how she is out of her depth.

“The SNP Government have completely failed to plan for the future when it comes to recruiting GP’s in rural constituencies like mine and the effects are being felt on a daily basis.

“The Health Secretary could not bring anything new to the table in response to my question, which was hugely disappointing and summed up the SNP Government’s lack of focus on this crisis.”