Ma­jor­ity of Scots con­sider GPs most trusted health pro­fes­sion­als

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FOUR-FIFTHS of Scots be­lieve GPs are the com­mu­nity pro­fes­sion­als they trust the most to meet their health­care needs, ac­cord­ing to a poll.

The Royal Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers in Scot­land, which com­mis­sioned the YouGov study, said the find­ings demon­strated over­whelm­ing sup­port for the work of fam­ily doc­tors.

The re­sults were re­leased as the RCPG’s an­nual con­fer­ence takes place in Liver­pool.

The sur­vey asked re­spon­dents a range of ques­tions on their opin­ion of gen­eral prac­tice and their views on the cur­rent state of the ser­vice in Scot­land.

It found 79% of peo­ple think it is the GP that can be trusted most, com­pared to other pro­fes­sion­als in the wider gen­eral prac­tice team, to help meet their health­care needs.

In ad­di­tion, 63% of pa­tients told re­searchers they want to see a GP first when mak­ing an ap­point­ment, rather than be­ing asked to see other mem­bers of the pri­mary care team.

A sim­i­lar fig­ure, 64%, of the pub­lic placed im­por­tance on see­ing the same GP each time if pos­si­ble.

The RCGP said the find­ings give strong sup­port for their call for GPs “to re­main firmly at the cen­tre of pa­tient care”.

The body said al­most nine in 10 Scots, 88%, sup­port their cam­paign for more fund­ing for the GP ser­vice.

Dr Miles Mack, the chair of RCGP Scot­land, said: “GPs are uniquely placed to de­liver care oth­ers can­not of­fer, and their rig­or­ous train­ing in de­liv­er­ing this ef­fec­tively means that they are best placed within the health­care sys­tem as the first port of call for their pa­tients’ needs.

“This sur­vey sends a clear mes­sage that pa­tients want their GP to re­main cen­tral to their care as the NHS de­vel­ops.”

He went on: “We have also been clear that, in or­der to pro­tect and im­prove the ser­vice pro­vided to our pa­tients, spend­ing on gen­eral prac­tice ser­vices must be in­creased to 11% of NHS Scot­land’s bud­get.

“GPs up and down the coun­try are fac­ing huge chal­lenges with in­creased work­load, se­verely re­duced fund­ing and a squeezed work­force.

“I am sure that this huge show of sup­port, both for the im­por­tance of our role in pa­tients’ lives and for our cam­paign­ing ac­tiv­ity, will pro­vide com­fort and sup­port to col­leagues.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sents around 5,000 fam­ily doc­tors in Scot­land.

Health Sec­re­tary Shona Ro­bi­son said: “By the end of this Par­lia­ment we will have in­vested £250 mil­lion a year in di­rect sup­port of gen­eral prac­tice as part of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to in­crease pri­mary care fund­ing by £500 mil­lion.

“Through this in­creased in­vest­ment, over £71 mil­lion this year is go­ing to ini­tia­tives to sup­port GPs.”

They are best placed as the first port of call for pa­tients

CAre: The RCGP said the re­sults sup­port the case for greater fund­ing.

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