Dr Richard Simpson MSP backs “Fit for the Future”

Scottish Labour has today launched “Fit for the Future” a major consultation on the future of general practice in Scotland.

The party will contact Scottish GPs asking for their opinions on a range of ideas including:

– Training more GPs

– Cutting down red tape for substitute GPs.

– Ensure practices notify Health Boards on unfilled posts.

The move comes after a summer where the crisis in general practice has been made clear, with a £1 billion drop in investment in the past ten years, cuts to medical student numbers and GP vacancies lying unfilled.

Public Services spokesperson Dr Richard Simpson, a former GP with over thirty years’ experience said:

“Today Labour is talking about better plans and better ideas, and we are putting them to the people who matter – family doctors themselves. We think our plans can make a real difference to general practice in Scotland, and benefit patients across the country.”

“We’ve seen a range of problems right across our NHS but getting primary care right will take the pressure off of our A&E wards, our hospitals and a range of other services. Our plans could make a real difference and that’s why we are putting them to Scotland’s doctors today and asking for their support, and their opinions.”

“The nationalist Government in Edinburgh has made a complete and utter mess of general practice in Scotland. It was their decision to drop the share of funding for general practice in Scotland by over £1 billion and their decision to cut funding for medical students. The result has been understaffed, overstretched practices with patients’ not receiving timely care.

“However if we act now we can fix these problems. Scottish Labour are taking ideas to the Scottish medical community. It is then a matter for the SNP Government if they want to look at Scottish

Labour’s positive plans, or simply continue to sit on their hands.”

“The nationalist Government should look carefully at our proposals. The problems in general practice cannot allow to fester for much longer and that those problems will only grow starker in the years ahead without action now.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Read ‘Fit for the Future’ at http://bit.ly/1ihIpRu

You can have your say at http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/page/s/fit-for-the-future or by emailing fitforthefuture@scottishlabour.email

Congratulations to Louise Martin CBE, CGF’S First Female President

Motion S4M-14121: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
That the Parliament congratulates Louise Martin CBE on her election as the first female president of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF); understands that the former Scottish swimmer and vice-chairperson of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow had made it a top priority for the CGF to boost commercial opportunities in order to attract the Commonwealth’s best athletes and that her contribution to the Glasgow Games made what most people describe as the best Commonwealth Games ever; considers that Louise brings a wealth of experience to her new role as president, including her time spent as a board member and chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland and as member and current chair of the sportscotland board, and wishes her the best of luck in her role as president and promoting sport and elite fitness across the Commonwealth.