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The RuraL GP

An Endangered Species

I WANTED to be a remote rural doctor from when I was just 14 years old and as someone who has now been at the heart of the rural healthcare for quarter of a century I have witnessed first-hand the decimation of the rural GP workforce. When I applied to work in the Highlands in 1996 there were about 40 applicants for the post I eventually got. Recently when a vacancy arose in my own practice there were none. And a similar pattern can be witnessed across rural Scotland.

I am a member of a number of email groups to do with primary care, some of which are world-wide in their reach. What quickly becomes clear from my involvement with these virtual groups is that in almost every other developed country the problems with recruiting and retaining rural doctors are just as bad as if not worse than it is in Scotland. That is certainly the case in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but what about things elsewhere?

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iScot issue number 45 2018 124 pages of the best crack in Scotland and beyond. Featuring the very best of wordsmiths in Scotland today. Robbie Dinwoodie, Alyn Smith MEP, James Kelly (iScot goes Pop, Peter A Bell, Jason Michael McCann, Vivien Martin, Allan Martin, Paul Kavanagh’s Wee Ginger Dug, Blaze’s Page,Fiona Grahame of Orkney News, Moira Dalgetty, Bill Dale, Indy Lawyer, Ran Bruce’s Spider, Dave Bowman, Gordon Craigie, Major Bloodnok and the most excellent Billy Kay.