Scottish parliament launches major inquiry of primary care


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Professional News
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The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee has launched a public survey as part of a major new inquiry into the delivery of primary care services.

Key topics in the survey include views on the government vision for primary care; the range of professionals in the primary care team and referral processes between primary healthcare professionals; access to appointments and services, length of appointment etc; the role of digital technology; data sharing; patient satisfaction; and out-of-hours services. Alongside the survey, three public panels are to be recruited in the North, East and West of Scotland, to discuss the same issues.

It is expected that the results of the survey and panel deliberations will be published in September 2019 and written submissions will be invited in relation to the findings. The inquiry will also include evidence sessions with health professionals and representatives of professional bodies.

Mr Lewis Macdonald MSP, Convener of the Health and Sport Committee, said: "Primary care is often people’s first point of contact with the NHS and the provision of these services affects every single person in Scotland at some point in their life. Undoubtedly, there is a need for the delivery of primary care to adapt and the Committee feels that this is the right time to take a comprehensive look at services in the primary care setting."

The survey will run until Thursday 30 April. Further information is available here.