Scottish Public services reach crisis point

Scottish Public services reach crisis point
The Daily Record


GPs at breaking point


The future of GP practices in Scotland is reaching crisis point with seven closures in the last two years.


A further 27 practices have come under the control of local health boards as family doctors feel the strain.


GPs retiring early and a poor take-up of training places, particularly in rural areas, have been blamed for creating a shortage.


practices are due to Another three have intimated they may be interested in health boards taking control of the management of the practices.


Nine out of the country’s 14 health boards have suffered from closures or handbacks. But Lothian and Highland have had the most serious problems.


In Lothian, two GP practices have closed and another will follow in June. Seven have been taken under health board control.


NHS Highland have had one intimation of possible closure with eight practices currently under control of the board.


Dr Alan McDevitt, who chairs the BMA’s Scottish GP Committee, said: “These figures highlight what we have been saying for some time, GP practices across Scotland are under increasing pressure, with the result that some have had to take the very difficult decision to close, which is of significant concern.”


A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “We are committed to reinvigorating general practice so we can attract more people into it, make things better for people already working there and ensure it has a bright future.” 
She added they had committed to invest an extra £250million a year in direct support of general practice.


Nursing in poor health


Scotland’s nurses have seen a real terms pay cut of £3400 under the SNP, Labour claim.


The party’s Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will reveal today how a pay cap on NHS staff is to blame.


UK Labour have made an election pledge to scrap the one per cent pay cap and Scottish Labour will challenge the SNP to meet that promise in a Holyrood vote today.


Previous research from Labour revealed that the number of long-term unfilled nursing posts in the NHS has increased by more than 300 per cent under the SNP.


During a visit to the Royal College of Nurses today, Dugdale will say: “The first step in delivering an NHS that delivers the care Scots needs is to give staff the pay they deserve.”


RCN director Theresa Fyffe said: “The situation is unsustainable. The RCN are calling on politicians from all parties to show they value nursing staff by ending the pay cap.”


Analysis from the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre shows pay at the starting point of Band 5 for nurses fell 13 per cent in real terms – the equivalent of £3400 – from April 2010 to April 2017.


Parents beg for mental health service improvements for kids


Parents have pleaded with the Scottish Government for an urgent shake-up of children’s mental health services.


A group of mums – some in tears – told Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt of the struggles they have endured to get help for their youngsters.


Watt met parents from campaign group CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Forth Valley Parents Voices.


Jeannie Foxton, 38, told how she had been taking her son, now 11, to CAMHS since he was three but it was only when they moved from Sauchie in Clackmannanshire to Glasgow in 2016 that he was diagnosed with autism.


Katie Sneddon, 30, from Bo’ness, claimed some youngsters were being discharged from CAMHS before being properly assessed and diagnosed.


She said: “We have two parents whose children took their own lives after CAMHS rejected referrals three or four times.”


No one from NHS Forth Valley was available for comment.