We wish the NHS to be well-funded and efficiently managed.
The higher education system should train medical staff in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of all health care in Scotland. Relying on taking medics from poorer countries is ethically questionable and denies our young people opportunities.
Currently the NHS spends significant amounts of money on compensation claims and associated legal costs. We would explore alternative systems to ensure that failures are investigated in an open and constructive manner while those who have suffered can be treated fairly without expensive and lengthy legal wrangles.
Drug companies are a valuable source of medical innovation, but they should compete for NHS business purely on the basis of the independently verified effectiveness and cost of their products. Marketing and promotion should have no influence. This would make prescribing more rational and drugs companies more focused on genuinely fruitful research.
The NHS’s existing database of medical records could be further exploited for the purpose of medical research, with robust anonymisation procedures in place.
Planning for further pandemics, logistically and scientifically, should be a priority. The threat of antibiotic resistance also needs to be taken seriously.
Those criminally mistreating NHS staff should be arrested and prosecuted vigorously. Any intimidating or aggressive behaviour should result in a firm response from security staff or police, with no recourse to law in the event of those found guilty missing treatment as a result of such action.
Considerable saving could be made by discontinuing all politically correct “equality, diversity and inclusion” programmes and staff.
Medical confidentiality and decision-making powers should be granted at 16 instead of the current 12 years old.
Transgender “treatments” for under 16s should be stopped, and thereafter only offered where sound evidence justifies it and the patient is fully aware of the likely long-term outcomes.
Cosmetic surgery should only be provided to rectify obvious problems, not to meet claimed psychological needs.
Addiction treatments should focus on cure rather than perpetual management.
Freedom of conscience of NHS staff should be respected.
The Scottish Government promotes the Social Model of Disability: “Unlike the medical model, where an individual is understood to be disabled by their impairment, the social model views disability as the relationship between the individual and society. In other words, it sees the barriers created by society, such as negative attitudes towards disabled people, and inaccessible buildings, transport and communication, as the cause of disadvantage and exclusion, rather than the impairment itself.” The SFP fully supports measures to help disabled people and commends the government for progress in this regard. However, we do not believe that the social model of disability is truthful or helpful. Some of the challenges that disabled people face do stem from their disability and blaming “society” in every case is clearly misguided.