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.'