Find­ing GPs key for surg­eries

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

We can’t im­prove health ser­vices lo­cally with­out im­prov­ing ac­cess to GP ser­vices.

Peo­ple in our com­mu­nity are of­ten wait­ing too long to see a GP. This is due to a lack of new GPs com­ing through. We won’t at­tract our best grad­u­ates to Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang if we make the tax bur­den ever higher.

At­tract­ing GPs is cru­cial and that’s why we op­pose mak­ing Scot­land the high­est-taxed part of the UK.

We will also in­vest more in the front­line of our NHS. Over the last five years, NHS spend­ing has in­creased by one per cent in Scot­land in real terms, com­pared to six per cent in Eng­land. This isn’t good enough while peo­ple wait for a GP ap­point­ment.

That is why we will in­crease spend­ing on our NHS by at least 2 per cent in the next par­lia­ment.

Fi­nally, we will ex­pand the mi­nor ail­ment ser­vice in com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies. Re­search shows that one in 10 GP con­sul­ta­tions could be avoided if MAS was prop­erly used and the pub­lic more aware of it.

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