MSP to meet with health secretary over GP crisis

MSP Finlay Carson
MSP Finlay Carson

Galloway MSP Finlay Carson has secured a meeting with Scottish Government’s Health Secretary, Shona Robison, to discuss the GP crisis in the region.

Mr Carson said that local GP practices across Galloway and West Dumfries are in crisis, GPs are working longer hours than ever, practices are being forced to merge and there is a fear in local communities that practices will be closed.

He said: “The figures announced by the Health Secretary show that the incentive scheme has failed in Galloway. That is why I am pleased she has agreed to meet with me to discuss further ideas such as giving the Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer training status, and whether it would be possible to second GPs from the armed forces to work in rural areas.

“The Scottish Government need to get a grip on this situation and when I meet the Cabinet Secretary, I will be stressing the need for her to redouble her efforts and work with the local health board to encourage trainee GPs to come and work in our region.”

A bursary incentive scheme, launched in August, offered an incentive of £20,000 for trainees who chose to take up posts in hard to fill locations, Of the six posts that were advertised in D&G, four remain vacant.