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Scottish GPs seek better life in South

GPs in Scotland are heading south of the border in search of better pay, family-friendly policies and flexible careers, a report for the Scottish Executive concludes

Securing Future Practice, one of two reports addressing the shortage of GPs in Scotland, showed half of GP principals who left the country did so to improve their career.

It argued flexible career and employment packages, family-friendly policies and 'step down' retirement options were needed to stem the flow.

The report also recommended better pay and working conditions for GPs in Scotland and improved support and recognition for training.

Dr Dean Marshall, Lothian LMC secretary, said Scotland had a 'major handicap' in recruiting and retaining GPs. He added: 'Part of it is that Scottish GPs earn less than their English counterparts. We also need flexible working options, portfolio careers and career progression.'

Dr Mary Church, joint

SGPC chair, agreed with the findings, but said practising in Scotland had its benefits. 'There is a better working atmosphere here,' she added.

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