GPs accuse government of ‘long-standing underfunding’

The Royal School of GPs has accused the Scottish government of “lengthy-standing underfunding” of GP practices.

It has also criticised the “confusion” surrounding £500m of future spending commitments.

The feedback come in a written submission to Holyrood’s Well Being and Game Committee.

The Scottish government said it had already committed to investing “an extra £500m in primary care by means of the top of this parliament”.

The Royal School of GPs (RSCP) referred to as on the Scottish executive to assert exactly how a lot it will spend on General observe in the subsequent 4 years.

It follows a observation by way of Well Being Secretary Shona Robison after the government introduced that its share of Health spending could be Elevated to Eleven% of the overall Well Being budget by means of 2021.

Ms Robison said: “This varieties the first stage of the Scottish government’s commitment to supply an additional £250m in direct beef up of General observe per yr with the aid of 2021 – increasing the general funding in main care via £500m.”

The RCGP stated Scotland “does not but have working out of what ‘in direct support’ may mean and the point has been raised with Scottish government that the term is just too wide and lacks enough readability”.

It brought: “Normal practice is in extreme want of a clear, positive future, illustrated through sufficient governmental investment, if it is to attract sufficient numbers of Clinical graduates to Basic practice specialty training.

“If the lengthy-standing underfunding and confusion that we’re currently experiencing is to continue, we will be able to maintain witnessing plenty of Basic practices closing and transferring the running of their practices to Health Boards because of insufficient resource wherein to remain solvent.

“Patients will continue to be found queuing outside practices for the unsure opportunity purely to register with a GP. It Is A main deficit to endure such lengthy-standing underfunding and confusion.”

Elevated staffing

Responding to the RCGP’s submission, a Scottish government spokesman mentioned: “As the first Minister announced ultimate 12 months, a further £500m can be invested in primary care by the top of this parliament.

“This spending Increase in major care, to Eleven% of the frontline NHS price range, will beef up the advance of a multi-disciplinary method, with Increased staffing as well as funding in GP services and Well Being centres.

“Well Being Secretary Shona Robison not too long ago set out that £250m of this new investment will likely be in direct support of Normal follow, serving to to turn into the best way services are delivered in the neighborhood – an manner that was agreed with the British Clinical Affiliation.

“On This monetary year, over £71m of that funding is to beef up Basic follow by means of bettering recruitment and retention, decreasing workload, growing new ways of delivering services and protecting pay and bills.”

‘Reneging on promise’

Scottish Labour stated the RCGP’s feedback were “absolutely damning”.

The party’s Health spokesman Anas Sarwar mentioned: “Nicola Sturgeon has promised to raise the proportion of spending on GPs and it now appears she’s going to renege on that promise.

“The importance of GP surgeries cannot be stressed out enough. Specifically as we face an aging population, with folks residing longer, major care will handiest grow to be more and more essential.

“The Fact is that underneath the SNP our Well Being provider is just not prepared for this.

“We’d do issues another way. Labour’s executive-in-ready in Westminster would massively Increase the money to be had to our NHS as part of our plan to create a society that works for the many, not the few.”

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