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Motion ref. S6M-06899

Protecting Primary Care

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Monday, November 21, 2022

Supported by: Carol Mochan, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Motions as amended

That the Parliament recognises the pressures on primary care and right across the NHS and social care due to the effects of Brexit, the global pandemic and the cost of living crisis; notes that the overriding priority for the delivery of healthcare must be to deliver the best outcomes for patients; supports the actions of the Scottish Government to abolish prescription charges and recognises that, under the current administration, they will remain free for all; believes that prescription charges are a tax on illness and that healthcare must be based on the clinical needs of patients and not their ability to pay; recognises that primary care provision extends beyond the work of general practice and welcomes that free eye care tests continue to be protected, that dental charges have been abolished for young people, and that, through NHS Pharmacy First, more first-line care is being provided for free through community pharmacies; recognises, in general practice, that Scotland currently has a record high level of GPs and that Scotland has proportionately more GPs than any other nation in the UK; welcomes that efforts to recruit 800 additional GPs by 2027 are on track, with 277 already in post by 2021; understands that, to support GP practices, over 3,220 multidisciplinary healthcare professionals have been recruited since 2018; acknowledges that primary care funding has increased again in the current financial year and understands that integration joint board reserves provided for primary care are to be utilised for primary care; recalls that it was the current administration that took the legislative steps necessary to stop the privatisation and commercialisation of GP services that was permitted by the previous Labour-led administration; further recalls that it was the current administration that brought Stracathro back into the NHS after its work was put into private hands by the previous Labour-led administration, and shares the Scottish Government’s unswerving commitment to the founding principles of the NHS to be publicly owned, publicly operated and free at the point of need.


Vote

Result 66 for, 55 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote Vote Passed

Scottish National Party  59 for, 1 against, 0 abstained, 4 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Labour  0 for, 20 against, 0 abstained, 2 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party  0 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Liberal Democrats  0 for, 4 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

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Scottish Green Party  7 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

No Party Affiliation  0 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

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Original motion text

That the Parliament notes the recent warnings by BMA Scotland about the pressures on general practice, with 81% of practices surveyed reporting that demand was exceeding capacity and it estimating that an extra 1,000 whole time equivalent (WTE) GPs are needed now; understands that not all practices have access to full multi-disciplinary teams, limiting GPs’ ability to focus on the patients that need them most, and therefore regrets the Scottish Government’s decision to cut £65 million from primary care services and £5 million from the Sustainability Payment to practices; considers that this diminishes the ability of GPs to respond to winter pressures and will exacerbate the crisis in primary care, with serious consequences for staff and patients and the wider NHS this winter; is alarmed by reports that NHS board chief executives are considering the implementation of a two-tier system of access within the NHS, and considers this to be privatisation through the back door; remains committed to the founding principle of the NHS of being freely available at the point of need; calls on the Scottish Government to reconsider the cuts to primary care and to give an urgent update on where the 800 additional GPs it pledged in 2017 will be located, and regrets that the Scottish National Party administration is considering the privatisation of the NHS in Scotland.


Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-06899.1

Protecting Primary Care - Amendment

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Supported by: Stephen Kerr
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Result 53 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote Vote Defeated


Amendments that have not been voted on

Motion ref. S6M-06899.2

Protecting Primary Care - Amendment

Submitted by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish National Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Supported by: Kevin Stewart, Maree Todd
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, November 23, 2022