Finding GPs key for surgeries
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.