Scotland's NHS undermined by GP premises failure

BMA leaders in Scotland have warned that the Scottish government's failure to plan for GP premises improvements is undermining development of local services.

Dr Marshall: ‘The service has seen great change in the last 30 years and there is a need to drive forward a clear policy for general practice in Scotland.’
Dr Marshall: ‘The service has seen great change in the last 30 years and there is a need to drive forward a clear policy for general practice in Scotland.’

The warning came ahead of the Scottish LMCs conference in Glasgow on 22 March. In a progress report on General practice in Scotland: the way ahead, a policy paper published last year, the BMA said the government lacked a coherent premises strategy.

The update also hit out at a failure to tackle other priorities in the policy paper, such as improvements to government policy on access, service improvements for NHS24 and moves to improve the integration of health and social care.

GPC Scotland chairman Dr Dean Marshall said: ‘The service has seen great change in the last 30 years and there is a need to drive forward a clear policy for general practice in Scotland.’

He said the Scottish government had accepted a number of proposals put forward by the BMA, and that this had signalled a ‘new way of working to achieve shared goals’.

But he added: ‘So much of the plans of this government to improve access and provide more care closer to home rely on a strong GP infrastructure.

‘Without adequate premises it will be difficult to provide the range of services and treatments that our patients need.  In the 21st century it is wholly inappropriate that doctors are consulting patients in sub-standard rooms.’

  • GP reporter Marina Soteriou is covering the Scottish LMCs conference. Read her coverage here at GPonline.com.
  • Follow the hashtag #slmc12 for live updates from the event

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