29 August 2019

An Audit Scotland report into workforce planning for primary care services reveals the extent of SNP mismanagement of our NHS, Scottish Labour has warned.

The watchdog report revealed:

• The Scottish Government has not estimated the impact of workforce pressures on primary care services

• There is a lack of national data on currently workforce numbers, cost and demand

• Increasing pressures will mean meeting the challenge of recruiting more GPs will become more difficult over the next ten years

Scottish Labour has said that failures on workforce planning threatens the future sustainability of the NHS.

Scottish Labour Health Spokesperson Monica Lennon MSP said:

“This report from Audit Scotland is a damning indictment of the SNP’s failure to plan for the workforce needs of our NHS, since they took charge over a decade ago.

“Primary care services like GP and nurse appointments are the backbone of the NHS but the SNP’s incompetence and complacency has caused long waits for GP appointments, reduced out-of-hours services and broken laws on waiting time guarantees – and NHS staff who are overworked and exhausted.

“Neither the SNP or the Tories can be trusted with the NHS – only Scottish Labour will make ending the NHS workforce crisis a priority by giving our health service the resources it needs and investing in our communities to end health inequalities.”
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