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NHS recovery plan for Scotland is “unrealistic,” doctors’ leaders warn

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 27 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2125
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

Medical leaders have questioned the feasibility of a £1bn (€1.17bn; $1.37bn) government recovery plan for the NHS in Scotland that is promising a huge increase in capacity.

The five year plan1 aims to increase NHS capacity by at least 10% as quickly as possible to reduce the backlog in care caused by the covid pandemic, as well as meeting the continuing needs of patients around the country.

The plan identifies the restoration of face-to-face GP consultations as a priority and promises to increase spending on primary care by at least …

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