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Multidisciplinary working and better network connectivity tops Scottish manifestos

Rural concerns addressed

May 4th 2021

Tagged: political news Scotland

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The main Scottish parties have published their election manifestos ahead of Thursday’s parliamentary elections:

Rural health is core principle of several parties’ manifestos:

Scottish National Party

Pledges include:

  • 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.

Scottish Labour

  • Increased multidisciplinary team training places
    Improved access to mental health expertise in general practice
  • ‘Rural-proofing’ introduced
  • Improved network connectivity and transportation links.

Scottish Lib Dems

  • Expanded GP services and workforce
  • Increased multidisciplinary working in GP surgeries to enable 15-minute appointments with GPs
  • Superfast broadband.

Scottish Conservatives:

  • 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.

To add to Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour manifestos previously covered, Welsh Conservatives have pledged the following:

  • 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.