James Kelly

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

One of the most com­mon com­plaints at my surg­eries in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are from con­stituents about the length of time it takes for them to get an ap­point­ment with their GP.

In some cases peo­ple have re­ported wait­ing over three weeks, just for a quick check-up.

I have pre­vi­ously ar­gued that, as lo­cal GPs pro­vide front-line care, and deal with all sorts of cases, in­clud­ing be­ing peo­ple’s first point-of-call for men­tal health, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment should be pro­tect­ing and prop­erly fund­ing our GP’s.

It is very alarm­ing that in­de­pen­dent ex­perts are telling us that our GP surg­eries’ are be­ing un­der­funded which is lead­ing to a post­code lottery.

The re­port states that prac­tices which have the most pa­tients with mul­ti­ple prob­lems are given less money than those in wealth­ier neigh­bour­hoods where peo­ple enjoy bet­ter health.

This means that GPs in the most de­prived ar­eas of the coun­try re­ceive £10 less than the av­er­age prac­tice for each pa­tient.

This is noth­ing short of a scan­dal which needs to be ur­gently ad­dressed by SNP Min­is­ters at Holy­rood.

The pop­u­la­tion in this con­stituency has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly, yet there has been no in­crease in the num­ber of GP prac­tices.

With a huge num­ber of GPs re­tir­ing in the next decade you would think that in­vest­ing in the next gen­er­a­tion of fam­ily doc­tors would be a pri­or­ity for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Un­for­tu­nately, they’ve cut fund­ing for med­i­cal stu­dents.

It’s time the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment woke up and ad­dressed the loom­ing cri­sis of GP pro­vi­sion and this is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for ar­eas like Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, with new devel­op­ments bring­ing

Fes­tive sea­son be­gins

And so be­gins a very busy month with the fes­tive sea­son

Peo­ple have re­ported wait­ing three weeks for a check up

Xmas joy James Kelly at the Ruther­glen Old Parish Church Christ­mas fayre

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