The clearly shocked Sandesh Gulhane, above, after quickly getting his scrubs on for the cameras, during his one day-a-week practising to maintain his registration as the Tory ‘doc’, pops up on Reporting Scotland with a hair-raising claim to keep the NHS Scotland ‘crisis’ narrative going.
The actual report is of one GP practice in Tayside, ‘Friockheim’ having to close, due to losing its last GP.
Gulhane is allowed to say the situation in Friockheim ‘is not unique’ and that there are wider shortages. No wider data is offered to reinforce or contradict that. Then again, is anything not unique?
Friockheim, population 930 in 2006, is 6.6 miles and 11 minutes by car from Arbroath. There are buses every hour and, at peak times, every 20 minutes, to Arbroath.
Would a population of 930 typically have a GP? In 2019, there were on average 6 171 people for every GP in Scotland.
Are there shortages of GP’s in Scotland? According to BBC Scotland in 2019, Scotland had 76 GPs per 100 000 population while England had only 58.
According to Public Health Scotland, in 2020, GP numbers have been increasing from 2017 after a period of stability since 2010.
Why can Reporting Scotland’s researchers not dig up these contextual data essential for their own editorial guidelines?