The general public usually only hears from BMA Scotland when it has a negative message to communicate about Scotland’s government and our NHS. Now that may be much more to do with the editorial choices of the corporate media and the BBC Scotland. I’ll leave you to judge from your own experience.
However, it is appropriate that – once again – the TUSC fills the media vacuum on balanced reporting.
The Scottish Government working with the Scottish GP Committee of BMA Scotland has just (31 March) announced additional funding of £15 million to GP practices to help them cope with the extra pressures arising from COVID-19.
The new funding is intended to help alleviate pressures on out-of-hours services by keeping surgeries open on Good Friday and Easter Monday, and to provide further help to cover costs of equipment, additional non-clinical staff, GP partners and locum cover for sickness leave.
The chair of the BMA’s Scottish GP Committee Dr Andrew Buist states:
“… asking GPs to keep their practices open over public holidays is not a request we have taken lightly.”
And Dr Buist adds:
“Our NHS is changing, and at the forefront of that change is the primary care response. ….. There is a huge amount of work being put in from the Scottish Government and across the system and now is the time for us to pull together, for clear thinking and strong leadership.”