The main Scottish parties have published their election manifestos ahead of Thursday’s parliamentary elections:
Rural health is core principle of several parties’ manifestos:
- A new centre of excellence for rural and remote medicine in different rural, island, and remote settings in Scotland
- Investment in rural general hospitals including a new Belford Hospital in Fort William
- Increase primary care funding by at least 25 per cent
- Expand Pharmacy First minor ailments service
- At least £30 million investment in island infrastructure and support a green recovery
- Islands Bond – financial incentives to boost island populations
- £25 million network connectivity improvement.
- Increased multidisciplinary team training places
Improved access to mental health expertise in general practice
- ‘Rural-proofing’ introduced
- Improved network connectivity and transportation links.
- Expanded GP services and workforce
- Increased multidisciplinary working in GP surgeries to enable 15-minute appointments with GPs
- Superfast broadband.
- At least 11 per cent of the overall NHS budget ringfenced for general practice by the end of the next Parliament
- Increased training places to deliver 800 more GPs by 2027
- Greater multidisciplinary working, including with independent pharmacist prescribers
- Greater use of the Medicines Care and Review Service
- Local Healthcare Guarantee to support local healthcare services, including minor injury units.
- Embrace new ways of working, such as online appointments, to make it easier to see a GP or specialist
- Ensure GP representation on each Health Board in Wales
- Create a £50 million Not-Spot Fund.