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SNP healthcare vision at-a-glance
Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has outlined the SNP government's three-year vision to improve healthcare services.

The plan includes tackling health inequalities and giving the public more of a say in running the NHS.

Here is a summary of what was announced in the Scottish Parliament:

  • Consultation on the possible content of a Patients' Rights Bill by May 2008, allowing patients to be treated as partners in their own care.
  • Abolishing prescription charges by April 2011.
  • New approaches to anticipatory care and the introduction of "life begins" health checks.
  • Ensuring the NHS uses its influence as Scotland's largest employer to promote good health and take the lead in getting people into work.
  • 3m a year to prevent smoking and targets for NHS boards to increase smoking cessation attendance.
  • 85m over three years to tackle alcohol-related harm.
  • 94m to boost drug treatment and rehabilitation services.
  • 11.5m to tackle obesity, with a target for completing weight management programmes.
  • Mental health first aid programme to tackle stigma, prejudice and discrimination - particularly for those with psychosis.
  • Help for people suffering from depression and targets for NHS boards to cut the annual increase in anti-depressant prescribing to zero by 2009-10 and by 10% in the following years.
  • Focus support on "particularly" vulnerable children.
  • NHS boards to identify a lead maternity care professional to help women quit smoking and drinking during pregnancy and challenge them to improve breastfeeding rates.
  • Extend free school meal entitlement and boost nursing and healthcare support in schools.
  • School-based dental service to ensure 80% of three to five-year-olds are registered with a dentist by 2010-11.
  • More flexible GP services to fit in with the lives of patients, including extended opening hours.
  • Pilot project to provide walk-in access to primary care services at community pharmacies - such as minor injury treatments and sexual health screening - in Grampian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Lothian and Tayside.
  • Make NHS Scotland a "world leader" in patient safety.
  • More than 50m to tackle healthcare associated infection.
  • Maximum wait for treatment of 18 weeks from GP referral to treatment by 2011, with a 270m support package.

Patient 'walk-in access' plans
12 Dec 07 |  Scotland


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