First thing this morning we heard:
Efforts to tackle GP shortages face significant challenges according to Scotland’s public spending watchdog. Audit Scotland says the Government will struggle to meet its commitment to recruit 800 new family doctors and also faces a shortfall in other health care workers including nurses and physiotherapists.
The report, as before with Audit Scotland, is based heavily on pessimistic estimated projections and pessimistic arbitrary judgements and, as always, sees no need for contextual comparisons with other areas to put things into perspective. Of course, that might reduce the anxiety viewers feel.
So, as always here, find below a list of a few bits of evidence not mentioned:
First on GP staffing:
Second on Nurse staffing:
Third on other health care staffing: