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GP practice services are under threat in the Capital
GP practice services are under threat in the Capital
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THe National Health Service has been a political football for as long as most of us can remember.

Every politician knows that to be seen as a champion of the NHS is a vote winner. So it can be difficult to tell sometimes whether or not to take some warnings of crisis with a little pinch of salt.

Our front page story today on the threat to the future of GP services in the Capital is different as the warnings is also coming direct from senior health service management. Of course you would expect NHS bosses to push for extra investment in the services they run. What is unusual though is the starkness of the warning in their official report.

Without significant investment in local GP practices, the system that we know will “almost certainly breakdown” leaving “several thousand people” relying instead on “emergency services” for their basic medical care.

That’s a pretty brutal assessment and shows just how much strain the city’s growing population is putting on public services.

More investment is clearly needed, but so too is some creative thinking. Hosting regular clinics at Tynecastle and Easter Road? That could save the NHS the cost of building some new facilities and be a winner all round.