GP practice payments for deprived areas not enough say Greens

The difference in payments per head to GP practices in the most and least deprived areas does not do enough to tackle health inequalities says a Green MSP.

Alison Johnstone, health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, believes the difference of £3.97 per person should be considerably more, considering that practices in areas listed as Scotland’s most deprived by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation see significantly more patients than in less deprived areas.

A report by ISD Scotland reveals that the overall payment to General Practice service providers of £753.9 million is “virtually the same amount” as last year.

Alison Johnstone, health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

“GP practices in the most deprived areas typically have more patients on their lists and less capacity to address patient needs.  Greens want to see increases in spending for general practice, and primary care more broadly, to be targeted towards practices with high levels of deprivation.

“Greater and more targeted spending for general practice can play a key part in an overall preventative spending strategy. By preventing ill-health, we can ease the pressure on our NHS and ensure that fewer patients end up needing more expensive treatment.”