Warning over 'workforce crisis' for GPs

GPS are facing the "biggest workforce crisis in a generation", a Scots doctor has warned.

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Dr Hal Maxwell claimed that the health service was "bleeding GPs at both ends of their careers" with more of the family doctors needed if the current system is to ­survive in the long-term.

Dr Maxwell, a GP in Ballantrae, South Ayrshire, told how many doctors were cutting back their hours "just to survive" while others were opting to leave the profession early because of workload pressure.

A Scottish Government spokesman said the number of GPs had increased by 5.7% since 2006.

But Dr Maxwell told the British Medical Association annual conference in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, that a fifth of practices in his local area had unfilled vacancies.

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