RPS in Scotland launches Scottish Political Monitor

As Scottish Parliament has returned from recess, RPS in Scotland has decided to launch its first Scottish Political Monitor. This weekly issue is designed to keep you up to date with political and stakeholder activity relevant to Scottish pharmacy. This week's highlights include:
  • The 2015-16 Programme for Government keeps the focus on primary care and community health hubs.
  • A Scottish Parliament debate on GP shortages welcomes pharmacists working in GP practice.
  • Scottish Labour has launched "Fit for the Future", a consultation that focuses on the future of general practice in Scotland. 
  • Diabetes Scotland has published its annual report which concludes that there is an "unacceptable inequality" in care for diabetics.
  • The BMA has called on the UK Government to look into the use of personal health budgets after it was revealed that some patients were spending money on non-clinical treatments.
  • NHS Lanarkshire has placed several of its services at "high-risk" following a series of staffing issues.

You can find out more about RPS in Scotland's public affairs work on the Talking to Government web pages or by following @RPSScotland on Twitter or Facebook. RPS members can also join the Your Voice in Government network.