The highlight of Dr Alan McDevitt’s year came in August, when he officially took on his new role as chair of the Scottish GPC.
The Clydebank GP has his work cut out for him, leading Scotland’s 5,000 GPs in what he describes as a ‘challenging time’ for general practice.
He says: ‘I will have to learn to love the weekly commute from Glasgow to London, but I look forward to representing Scotland at UK negotiations – which I expect will be quite different to our talks with the Scottish Government.’
He identifies GP premises as a key issue that needs to be addressed: ‘General practice of the 21st century should not be delivered in crumbling surgeries. If GPs are to continue to care for their patients and develop services, then we need to deal with the serious problems with GP premises. Investment is vital.’