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Scottish GPs set for major IT overhaul

The workforce crisis in Scotland is set to worsen after new figures showed an increase of just 30 GPs last year.

Whole-time equivalent GP numbers rose by only 15, Scottish Executive statistics showed.

GPs said the rise was well below the number of new doctors needed. The RCGP predicted earlier this year that Scotland will be 500 GPs short by 2012 if current trends are maintained.

Dr David Love, joint-chair of the Scottish GPC, said the increasing number of women GPs and related rise of part-time working meant even more new recruits were needed.

He added: 'There's also been a very big increase in the number of salaried GPs, which may be solely for out-of-hours.'

The headcount of GPs in Scotland rose from 4,239 to 4,269 in the year to October 2004.

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