Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Scottish health service near ‘breaking point’, claims top doctor

Dr Peter Bennie, chairman of the BMA in Scotland, has issued a stark warning about the state of the NHS north of the border.
Dr Peter Bennie, chairman of the BMA in Scotland, has issued a stark warning about the state of the NHS north of the border.

Scotland’s NHS is being stretch to near “breaking point”, one of the country’s most senior doctors has claimed.

Dr Peter Bennie, chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland, said the current volume of vacancies meant there was a risk that patient safety could be compromised.

Speaking on the BBC Sunday Politics Scotland programme, he said: “We’re stretched pretty much to breaking point, just trying to keep things going.”

Dr Bennie argued that the shortages would lead to “personnel breakdown and eventually it leads to system breakdown.”

Asked what he meant, he replied: “It means that the system can’t do what it has to do, we can’t look after patients in a safe way.

“We are not there yet but we are moving towards that.”

SNP MSP Ivan McKee, a member of the Scottish Parliament’s health committee, defended the Scottish Government’s record on the NHS.

He pointed out that his party had pledged more than £500 million of health funding above inflation and that ministers would be working closely with the BMA to address problems.

Labour’s Anas Sarwar said the NHS has “a workforce crisis.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]

More from The Courier Scottish politics team

More from The Courier