Scottish Government to explore extension of eMAS

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, delivered a statement in the Scottish Parliament Wednesday 25 May in which she set out the Scottish Government’s plans for taking Scotland forward. The statement reflected pledges contained in the SNP’s party manifesto but the First Minister also stated that the Scottish Government would consider Scottish Labour’s idea for the extension of the minor ailments service.

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, said: “We will also explore other initiatives to relieve the pressure on family doctors. All GP practices will have access to an enhanced pharmacist and we will examine a proposal in the Labour manifesto to extend the Minor Ailments Service to make it a universal service available in all pharmacies.”
Alex MacKinnon, Director for Scotland, said: “I welcome the Scottish Government’s willingness to considering an extension of the Minor Ailment Service.
“In our Manifesto Right Medicine, Better Health, Fitter Future we urged the political parties to implement our joint recommendations with Community Pharmacy Scotland and the Directors of Pharmacy Group on the future contribution of community pharmacy as proposed in “Pulling together: Transforming urgent care for the people of Scotland”. These recommendations specifically suggested re-modelling the Minor Ailment Service, including making greater use of the enhanced clinical skills of pharmacist independent prescribers, and raising public awareness with a view to making pharmacy the first port of call for everyone for common clinical conditions.
“An extension of the Minor Ailment Service would be good for the public and patients, and would also ease pressures on the NHS both in daytime and out-of-hours services. I am therefore encouraged to see that the Scottish Government is willing to consider such an extension.”
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