Lib Dem plans to boost rural health services

The Liberal Democrat’s candidate for the Galloway and West Dumfries has set out his party’s plans to deliver more health care closer to home, and to give a boost to health services in rural Galloway.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 15th April 2021, 2:12 pm
Iain McDonald is the Lib Dem candidate for Galloway and West Dumfries
Iain McDonald is the Lib Dem candidate for Galloway and West Dumfries

Iain McDonald, a lawyer from Castle Douglas said: “The Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out proposals for far more healthcare in local communities so that care is delivered as close as possible to home.

"We have also set out exciting new initiatives in order to help support health services in rural areas such as Galloway.”

Some of the proposals which are contained within the Lib Dem’s manifesto include :

Embed more nurses, dieticians and physiotherapists with GPs so that people can get a wider range of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care within their community.

Empower pharmacists to do more prescribing, making use of secure health rec ords.

Create strong clinical networks to give peer support to professionals working in r emote and rural communities and change professional education to include more training placements in rural communities to give students a taste for the benefits of the work.

Adapt national guidelines so that they support rural healthcare.

Iain is a partner of Gillespie Gifford & Brown who is standing in a national election for the first time.

He added: “I believe that these proposals help to build on the great work our NHS already does here in Galloway – something which has become all too obvious to us over the past year.”

The Scottish Parliament election will take place on Thursday, May 6.