Scottish Government called on 'to provide urgent support to incentivise GP recruitment'

Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has called on the Scottish Government 'to provide urgent support to incentivise GP recruitment' in the worst affected parts of his constituency.


He said: "It is clear from recent events in the Moffat and Johnstonebridge areas and now at Lockerbie that NHS Dumfries and Galloway are facing massive challenges in maintaining adequate levels of GP services for patients. 


"To transfer hundreds of patients from their local GP surgery to a neighbouring town or, in some cases, possibly further afield, is potentially dangerous for individuals who might be deterred from consulting a doctor at a sufficiently early stage about a health problem.


"Our local NHS and other surgery staff are working very hard in what are difficult circumstances, but I will be seeking immediate reassurance that support will be given to patients having difficulty accessing a GP.  


"I will also wish to ensure there is no negative impact on the existing patients at Lochmaben by the influx of new patients."


Mr Mundell stated he wanted to ensure lessons were learned for the future from the current major difficulties and that every effort at local and national level was being made to restore high quality community GP services.