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How we work with Scottish Parliament

The BMA in Scotland works to ensure your voice is heard at Holyrood and taken into account by policy-makers at the heart of government.

 

What we've been working on 

Organ donation

The Minister for Public Health has published a consultation on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation which includes consideration of a soft opt-out system.

Read our submission here

 

A vision for General Practice

Demographic changes in Scotland will increase the demand on the NHS in coming years, which will need to be met and managed in the community. GPs can help to meet these challenges, but to do so will require real changes to the role and responsibilities of GPs.

In particular, GPs will require:

  • A more defined role which better matches their training in order to focus on diagnosing, complex care and managing teams, as the expert medical generalists and senior clinical decision makers in the community.
  • A role in influencing how health and social care will work in the community following the establishment of Integrated Joint Boards so that they can clearly address patient outcomes, experience and service quality.

Members of BMA Scotland’s GP Committee have toured Scotland to gather the views of GPs across the country in order to develop a vision for the future of general practice in Scotland.

Find out more about BMA Scotland’s progress towards a new GP contract.

 

Consultant vacancies

The health service in Scotland is facing real challenges with consultant recruitment and retention. Official figures from ISD Scotland showed that there was a 17 per cent increase in the number of vacant posts between March 2016 and June 2016.

Meanwhile, the percentage of consultant posts that have been vacant for 6 months or more has almost doubled compared with the figures for the same quarter in 2014.

Using Freedom of Information legislation, BMA Scotland has previously obtained data suggesting that official figures fail to fully capture the true severity of consultant vacancy rates.

 

Alcohol policy

Working alongside other health organisations, BMA Scotland has played an important role in the development of Scotland’s world-leading alcohol policy.

In 2012, the Scottish Parliament passed legislation for the introduction of a minimum price per unit for alcohol sales in Scotland. To date, the alcohol industry has sought to delay the implementation of this policy through a succession of legal challenges and the case is currently due to be heard by the Supreme Court.

Advocating for additional pro-active measures to reduce alcohol harms remains a key priority for BMA Scotland.

 

Submissions and evidence

The BMA regularly submits written evidence to Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government consultations and inquiries. You will find copies of the submissions we have made during the 5th session of the Scottish Parliament (beginning May 2016) below.

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Submitted to

Date

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Consultation on Proposed Options to Improve and Assure the Nutritional Standards of Food in Hospitals

Scottish Government

June 2016

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Delayed discharges

Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee

August 2016

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GPs and GP hubs

Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee

August 2016

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Recruitment and Retention

Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee

August 2016

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Mental Health

Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee

August 2016

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Targets

Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee

August 2016

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Obesity

Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee

August 2016

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Scotland’s relationship with the EU

Scottish Parliament Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee

September 2016

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A new future for social security: Consultation on social security in Scotland

Scottish Government

September 2016

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Inquiry into the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Scottish Parliament Justice Committee

October 2016

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Demand led policing as a service of first and last resort

Scottish Parliament Justice Committee

January 2017

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Healthcare in Prison

Scottish Parliament Health & Sport committee

February 2017

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Scrutinising Preventative Spending in Healthcare

Scottish Parliament Health & Sport Committee

February 2017

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NHS Staff Governance Standard

Scottish Parliament Health & Sport Committee

March 2017

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National Workforce Planning Consultation

Scottish Government

March 2017

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Consultation on the Future of the Scottish Planning System

Scottish Government

April 2017

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