A new report considers the impact of COVID-19 and sets out steps for change in how primary care is delivered and received.
The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee has published its Phase 2 report on what primary care should like for the next generation. The report forms part of a wider inquiry and builds on evidence from the Phase 1 report in July 2019 (this link will take you away from our website).
The new report considers whether the findings from Phase 1 align with the Scottish Government’s vision for primary care and the reality of delivery. It then sets out recommendations for change in the way that services are delivered and received. The report sets out several conclusions, including the need to embrace new technology, the need for a fundamental shift in general practice, and the importance of place and connected communities.
The report takes into account the significant impact that COVID-19 has had across the health service, and considers the committee’s inquiry into the Supply and Demand for Medicines (this link will take you away from our website).
The ALLIANCE provided both written and oral evidence to the Phase 2 report. We called for longer-term, sustainable funding for third sector partners in health and social care, including in the delivery of primary care services:
“As recognised by the Committee’s public panels, longer term funding for third sector services is necessary to enable primary care teams to take advantage of the value that it brings. The funding of third sector services, largely not by the NHS but by HSCPs or local authorities, is often under threat and removal of these services does not necessarily consider the wider impact this may have in supporting the primary care sector through referrals and prevention.”