Our Public Services

Health

The pandemic has shone a light on under-investment in Scotland’s health and social care systems and the huge and growing inequalities in public health and life expectancy. The Scottish Greens believe everyone has a right to the highest standard of physical and mental health, and we recognise that this means investing in care and pursuing an ambitious preventative agenda, getting to the root cause of poor physical and mental health.

Green Impact

Scottish Green achievements in the last 5 years include:

  • Secured regular Covid testing for frontline NHS and social care staff
  • Created a legal duty on Scottish Government to ensure appropriate NHS staffing levels
  • Ensured that all nurses have the legal right to funded Continuous Professional Development

A PROPERLY FUNDED AND PUBLICLY OWNED NHS SCOTLAND

Our health service must always be in public hands, and must be given the resources it needs. The funding pressure on the NHS will be all the more acute as we emerge from the pandemic and have to deal with the impact the last year has had on the workforce and the backlog of cases that has inevitably been created. We must properly fund our health services so that they can meet this challenge.

SUPPORTING THE HEALTH WORKFORCE

Our health and care workers need time to heal from the pandemic, and they must be supported to do

so. We will prioritise the wellbeing of those who have worked so hard to keep us safe and well. For too long the contribution of nurses in particular has been undervalued. We support an increase in salaries for nurses of 12.5%.

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PRIMARY AND COMMUNITY CARE

Primary care, including GP practices and community pharmacies, represents 90% of patient contact with the NHS and plays a central role in the health of the nation. We support the integration

of health and social care, moving care out of acute services and into the community, and recognise that this makes investing in primary and community care even more important now than ever before.

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HEALTHY WORKPLACES

Everyone has the right to a safe workplace, and the pandemic has highlighted how far we have to go to realise this. The Scottish Greens believe health and safety should be fully devolved for as long as we are part of the UK, allowing us to build a proactive health and safety system that is appropriately enforced. We support the creation of a National Occupational Health Body within NHS Scotland that delivers a preventative agenda and supports workers, employers and Unions to address issues and ensure workplaces are safe.

CANCER AND HEART DISEASE

Cancer services must have the workforce needed to address the backlog of cases exacerbated by the pandemic. Scotland also faces considerable challenges in improving care for those with heart diseases, which has been made worse by Covid.

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PALLIATIVE CARE

We will work to ensure dignity in death, with those in need of palliative care and their carers properly supported throughout the process.

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DENTISTRY

The Scottish Greens will ensure equal access to dental service.

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MENTAL HEALTH

The Scottish Greens believe that everyone who needs mental health support should have quick and easy access to it. We will place mental health at the heart of our healthcare system and ensure it has parity with physical health.

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A NATIONAL CARE SERVICE BUILT ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Our care system is in crisis and requires a radical overhaul. The Scottish Greens will work with others in the Scottish Parliament to build a publicly owned national care service, and deliver immediate reforms to better reward and support carers.

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PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE PREVENTATIVE AGENDA

The Scottish Greens believe that people should be supported to live the healthiest lives possible and that prevention and early intervention is key to achieving this. We will tackle the root causes of poor health, such as poverty, smoking, drug and alcohol misuse and air pollution.

Sport and physical activity

Keeping active and participating in sport can make a positive contribution to physical and mental health. The Scottish Greens will continue to support investment in grassroots sport and address the barriers to participation.

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Drugs

Scotland has the highest rate of overdose deaths per head of population in Europe and there have been record high numbers of drug overdose deaths in each of the last 6 years. The Scottish Greens believe that this is a public health, not a criminal justice, issue. We will ensure that everyone can access the treatment they need, when they need it.

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Alcohol

The Scottish Greens believe that individuals have a right to be fully informed about the risks posed to their health by alcohol.

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Air pollution

Air pollution causes over 2,500 early deaths in Scotland every year. It is a public health crisis and a massive strain on our NHS.

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LEARN FROM THE PANDEMIC

The Scottish Government’s response to Covid has been hampered by poor planning, evidenced by a failure to quickly implement routine testing in health and care settings and problems with PPE distribution. Experts advise that pandemics will recur with increasing frequency. We will ensure that scientists have the funding, capacity and resources to tackle futurethreats.

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THE SCOTTISH GREENS WILL ALSO

Promote good sexual health

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