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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org