2 Sep 2012
Reform Scotland has called for changes to be made to the contract under which most GPs operate.
The thinktank wants a Scotland-specific contract, to reflect the devolution of health from Westminster to Holyrood.
It says the General Medical Services contract, currently negotiated on a UK-wide basis, would not have to differ significantly from the UK agreement, but would have the potential to adapt to specific challenges.
The report also stated that GP websites in Scotland were of a poorer standard than those in the rest of the UK.
Scottish Conservative deputy leader and health spokesman Jackson Carlaw MSP said:
“These recommendations to extend patient choice are welcome and, while some may be controversial, they deserve to be discussed in the context of improving the service available.
“We support the moves to set standards of information available on GP websites, and these standards in Scotland do appear to be falling behind England and Wales, according to the report.
“Patients should expect a certain quality from their GP’s website, regardless of their postcode.”