Glasgow MSP backs ‘Fit for the Future’

Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart is backing a major consultation for Scotland’s family doctors to tackle the crisis in Scottish general practice.

Scottish Labour has launched “Fit for the future.’ 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 consultation document was written by Dr Richard Simpson, Labour’s Public Services Spokesperson and a former GP and psychiatrist with over 30 years’ experience.

Anne McTaggart MSP will write to local GPs urging them to make submissions to the consultation, and is calling on constituents to come forward with their ideas and experiences of their community surgeries.

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. 

Commenting on the launch of the consultation, Ms McTaggart 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 in Glasgow recently, including in the new £850 million Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where an expert team had to be sent in by the SNP Government to sort out the problems in A&E where waiting times had rocketed.

“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 to doctors 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 for our plans. 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.”

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