National Association for Patient Participation

SCOTLAND Media whirlwind for manifesto launch

12 May 2017

We were delighted this week when our Chair, Miles Mack’s call for immediate action to save general practice and his warning call to political parties about the impact of Brexit on healthcare attracted widespread media attention.

Miles was interviewed for BBC Scotland’s TV news bulletin and BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Good Morning Scotland’ about his concerns which Brexit, the GP workforce crisis and consistent underfunding will have on patient care. You can read the BBC’s coverage of our story, entitled ‘Fears of GP losses in Scotland after Brexit,’ here.

Our story also made front page news on The Herald and the Scotsman’s story carried the headline ‘Brexit could see hundreds of GPs quit Scotland, doctors warn.’ Our call for action was also picked up by STV News, The Times, the Scottish Daily Record, Holyrood, the National and regional papers, including the Aberdeen Express.

The fuss was all about our manifesto for the General Election which called on all political parties to guarantee that GPs from EU countries will be allowed to stay in Scotland.

One of the figures we shared was that 226 GPs working in Scotland took their medical degree from a European country.  These GPs must be allowed to stay following Brexit.

The GP workforce is already overstretched. We’ve projected that by 2021, we will need over 800 more GPs to meet patient demand. Losing an additional one in twenty-five of our GPs because of Brexit will therefore have severe consequences for patient care.

To read our press release, click here.

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