Health professionals to be asked about primary care

Holyrood’s health committee embarks on second phase of primary care inquiry

Wednesday 10th July 2019

A committee of MSPs is asking health professionals about their views on the future of primary care in Scotland as it embarks on the second part of a ‘landmark’ inquiry.

Phase one of the inquiry being conducted by Holyrood’s health and sport committee found the public wanted to see a more tech-enabled NHS, with patient records accessible electronically, appointments booked online and more use of blood pressure and fitness monitors.

Many said they would be willing to share their data with their GP and the health service to facilitate this.

Speaking at the launch of phase two of the inquiry, Lewis Macdonald MSP, convener of the Health & Sport Committee, said:

“Our work in phase one helped capture the views of members of the public and it’s clear that when it comes to primary care, the status quo is not an option.

“There is an unequivocal desire to see primary care services embrace technology with around 90% of poll respondents happy to use technology to order repeat prescriptions, and 82% willing to make their appointments online.

“Now we want to take these views to health professionals to hear what they have to say about reforming primary care so that it can meet the challenges and grasp the opportunities of the 21st century.”

The call for views is open until the 28th August.