Medicopolitical Digest

Scottish doctors' input to NHS white paperGMSC will continue to represent all GPsLabour wants low pay rise for doctors

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7111.820 (Published 27 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:820
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    Scottish doctors' input to NHS white paper

    Scottish doctors have called for the forthcoming white paper on the NHS in Scotland to take account of the continued underfunding of the service.

    Mr Arthur Morris, chairman of the BMA's Scottish council, told the council last week that the previous administration had locked the Labour government into decreasing public expenditure for at least two years. And Dr Angus Ford, chairman of the Scottish Joint Consultants Committee, said that it was impossible to make further efficiency savings without closing clinical services. “The next crisis,” he warned, “will not be about grannies on trollies; it will be about grannies competing for trollies.”

    Representatives of the council were due to meet the Scottish health minister, Mr Sam Galbraith, on 25 September to discuss the implications of the government's intention to abolish the internal market. A separate white paper will cover the health service in England and Wales.

    The council decided that its list for the minister should include a request for improved forward planning; a concentration on fewer clinical indicators; an evaluation of the range of commissioning projects; more attention to be paid to clinical support services; and improvements in community …

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