Commenting on the Liberal Democrat Manifesto for Health, published today (Wednesday 11 April 2007), Martin Woodrow, Secretary of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland, said:
“Our health is affected by a whole range of factors in society, and it is widely known that people living in poverty or those from disadvantaged communities are more likely to experience poor health. The BMA is therefore pleased that the Liberal Democrats recognise this and hope to reduce health inequalities by focusing on issues such as protecting greenspaces and ensuring local provision of fresh and healthy foods which can contribute towards improved health.
“Doctors share the views of politicians that more healthcare can be provided closer to patients’ homes and welcome the Liberal Democrat’s pledge to create more local health centres to improve access to diagnostic and treatment services. We are, however, disappointed that they do not mention the essential role of GPs and other medical specialists who should be at the centre of such plans.”