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Paramedics having to step in due to shortage of GPs

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Paramedics have had to stand in for GPs in Scotland because managers could not find enough GPs to fill shifts out of hours.

Health boards in Scotland are struggling to find enough GPs to look after patients during evenings and weekends.

The Herald Scotland reports that this has led to health boards turning to paramedics to fill the gaps.

It comes as yesterday, official NHS figures showed that the number of GP surgeries in Scotland with vacancies for doctors has doubled since 2013, with half of these vacancies going unfilled for more than six months.

The figures also revealed that the number of full-time GPs working for NHS Scotland has dropped by about 90 since the survey was last carried out in 2013.

There is a £2m plan from the Scottish Government to solve the crisis with recrutiment but Dr Alan McDevitt, chair of the Scottish GPC, said that the extra funding was ‘nowhere near sufficient’.