It has been reported in several newspapers today that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been recruiting GPs from abroad for out of hours cover.
This is inaccurate. A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said:
"There are no staffing shortages in our general medical out-of-hours services.
"On the contrary, we are very fortunate to have a large number of GPs who are willing to work out-of-hours.
"Last year, as part of our winter planning arrangements, we explored a number of options to improve our ability to respond to periods of exceptionally high demand and further develop our contingency arrangements for major outbreaks such as a flu epidemic.
"This included the possibility of working with a small number of German GPs who would be available, if required, to provide additional contingency cover during public holiday weekends and traditional holiday periods such as the Glasgow Fair fortnight, when many people, including Glasgow GPs, like to take their summer holidays.
"As a result we arranged for two German GPs to work with the Glasgow general medical out-of-hours services over the festive period, alongside our own GPs, to assist with the high workload.
"The GPs were responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs and received the equivalent rate of pay received by Glasgow GPs for working out-of-hours.
"Since the Christmas and New Year period we have not had to call on the services of any GPs from out with the country for additional contingency cover."
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