Primary Care, Social Care and Medicines among the topics for three upcoming Committee inquiries.
The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee has published the topics and timescales for three new inquiries which will take place before the 2021 election.
Primary Care (spring/early summer 2019)
The Committee is set to explore what Primary Care looks like for the next generation, including the issue of recruitment and retention.
The focus will be on – What do people who access services want, how do they see services being delivered, by who, where, when and how?
A second stage of the inquiry will look at the new GP contract and the development of multidisciplinary hubs.
Social Care Capacity (expected later in 2019)
This is likely to include
- The sustainability of the current approach to social care, including care at home and residential care
- How social care would look, and be financed, in 2030
- The number of different bodies involved in organising or delivering care and support to people
Medicines (likely to be 2020)
- Purchasing (including procurement, minimisation of cost to the Scottish NHS)
- Prescribing (how can current prescribing be influenced to minimise the cost to the Scottish NHS)
- Dispensing (the role of pharmacy and cost-effectiveness)
- Consumption (how effective are measures to reduce wastage and how can they be improved)
Full details and timings of the work programme will be agreed during the year and may be subject to change.