GPs warn about population rise8th February 2010
The British Medical Association has warned that the population in Scotland is likely to increase by 7% over the next 23 years.
The BMA said new GP practices should be opened in places which were predicted to see a rise in numbers. It said that pressure would be placed on existing practices and people would find it hard to get an appointment.
BMA Scotland stated that the average patient list size for practices in the country had gone up by nearly 100 in four years.
It said the government should offer help to open new practices in places with predicted "significant population growth".
The Register General made a prediction last week that suggested that 19 of the 32 councils in the country would have increased populations by 2033.
Dr Dean Marshall, chairman of the BMA's Scottish General Practitioners Committee, said: "Everyone needs to have access to their GP at some point in their life, from immunisation of babies to care for the elderly."
"If we are to improve access and provide the range of services that patients need, then we have to make sure we have the capacity to deliver. At present there is no requirement for planning departments to consider the impact of new housing developments on local health services."
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Title: GPs warn about population rise
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13995
Date Added: 8th Feb 2010