Johnstone backs investment in Community Care

Monday February 22nd 2016

Alison Johnstone Green Party Lothian MSP

Alison Johnstone, Lothian MSP and Scottish Green Party spokesperson on Health, Wellbeing and Sport, has today backed calls for investment in GP practices and community care.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Scotland has released analysis showing that GPs have lost out on £1.6 billion of investment that should have gone towards family doctors has. According to the RCGP, this was the result of “cumulative cuts” to general practice’s share of NHS Scotland spending over a decade.

Johnstone highlighted that 90% of contact with the NHS is through primary care, and that a move towards community health care would only be possible with proper funding and support.

Alison Johnstone said:

“90% of our contact with the NHS is through primary care – the GPs, nurses and other health professionals who work in our local practices. Allowing funding for these services to slip will put the basic health care that helps us get on with our day-to-day lives at risk.

“The Scottish Government needs to get its priorities right. Community care and accessible GP services allow people to get help and support before a point where they’re in urgent need of hospital treatment. I urge the SNP to make sure public money is used where it’s most needed – in everyday support for people’s health and wellbeing.”

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