GP workforce stats published
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon comments on GP workforce figures published today by ISD Scotland.
The figures show that the total number of GPs increased to 4,937 in 2011 from 4456, since the introduction of the General Medical Services contract in 2004 (an increase of 10.8 per cent). This is also an increase from 2010 where there was 4,917. The increase from 2006 is 7.4 per cent, increasing from 4,596.
Ms Sturgeon said:
"Our NHS is currently in a period of transition - the balance of care is shifting towards community settings and hospital stays are becoming shorter. GPs are a very important part of this work and it is good news that the number of GPs practicing across Scotland is continuing to increase.
"GPs are often the first point of call for many patients and are ideally placed to help address Scotland's health's priorities. This increase will help deliver improvements in primary medical services for the people of Scotland.
"The NHS faces new challenges and changes to the way staff work, however we are committed to providing the resources which will ensure that the health service continues to deliver the very best quality of care for patients."