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BMA Scotland hails ‘commitment’ to NHS general practice

5th September 2008

BMA Scotland – the Scottish division of the British Medical Association – has welcomed the announcement from the first minister regarding NHS general practice.

It noted the Scottish government is planning to introduce a health bill which will close the legal loophole to prevent private enterprises offering GP services in Scotland.

The BMA said these moves to protect NHS general practice reflect the importance of the sector as the foundation of the health service.

Dr Brian Keighley, deputy chairman of the BMA in Scotland, said: “General practice, delivered under the auspices of the NHS will ensure that patient care comes before profit and patients can be assured of continuity of care.”

He added that the Scottish government must develop and deliver a clear strategy for the sector in partnership with the profession in order to maintain services to patients.

Furthermore, the BMA backed new plans to deal with alcohol misuse and the purchasing of tobacco by children,

The BMA also welcomed plans to introduce tougher public health measures to tackle alcohol misuse and make it more difficult for children to purchase tobacco.

In April 2008, the Scottish government announced a 25 per cent reduction in prescription costs from 6.85 pounds to five pounds.

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