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Scots GPs' £3m for premises

GPs in Scotland have been given £3 million for new premises developments next year. The figure is twice as much as expected, but still far below the amount GPs need, GPC negotiators said.

GPC Scotland co-chair Dr Mary Church said Scottish GPs normally got one-tenth of the English allocation whereas the premises figure was one-fifth.

Negotiators warned of a 'potential crisis' unless the Department of Health adds to the £15 million it has allocated for new premises developments in England.

GPC deputy-chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said the situation could develop into a crisis: 'If [it] is the only amount available it could have a serious effect. Practices won't be able to expand their premises and it makes the new premises flexibilities rather disingenuous.'

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