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Scottish Parliament: Smoking and Vaping (26 Mar 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I declare an interest as a practising national health service general practitioner. I also declare that I have never smoked cigarettes or vaped. It is important that the public are clear on where we stand in deliberating policy on addictive substances. The number of children who use vapes has tripled in the past three years, and the bulk of that increase has been driven by disposables. The...

Scottish Parliament: Accident and Emergency Waiting Times (14 Mar 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests; I am a practising NHS general practitioner. As a GP, I see people who cannot wait in the A and E queue any longer. They come to me with chest pain and they come to me with signs of stroke, because they do not want to get into that queue. That puts huge pressure on me in general practice and on primary care. What can the...

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioners (Training and Recruitment) (13 Mar 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: GP shortages are particularly acute in Scotland’s Highland, island and rural areas, and doctors are quitting. Some rural practices are now wholly staffed by temporary locum doctors. That is worsening health inequalities and depopulation in those areas. The shortfall of GPs has been described as critical by the British Medical Association, and it has called for special measures to be put in...

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioners (Training and Recruitment) (13 Mar 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I apologise that I did not declare my interest as a practising national health service GP.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Waiting Lists (13 Mar 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of members’ interests as a practising NHS GP. I also draw members’ attention to the Scottish National Party Government’s 2021 manifesto, in which it promised to deliver a new Monklands hospital, renew the east of Scotland cancer care centre and enhance primary care facilities throughout the country. Let us also not forget Humza...

Scottish Parliament: Medication in Schools (NHS Fife) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it has intervened to direct NHS Fife and the relevant education authorities to permit schools to issue basic medication, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, without the need for a general practitioner prescription, in light of reports that primary care is struggling in NHS Fife. (S6O-03175)

Scottish Parliament: Medication in Schools (NHS Fife) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I draw attention to my entry in the register of members’ interests as a practising NHS GP and as someone who recently worked in NHS Fife, which proved to be far more challenging than it needed to be. I was unable to order blood tests that I could order at other health boards, and I could not organise radiological investigations. It was an absolute nightmare. However, none of that compares...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I w as on a panel with the National Deaf Children’s Society, which told me that deaf children are suffering due to the lack of teachers for the deaf. There needs to be more of them. If there was, that would help both teachers and deaf students, and it would ensure that the latter get the education that they deserve. Does the cabinet secretary agree that teachers for deaf children are of...

Scottish Parliament: Eljamel and NHS Tayside Public Inquiry and Independent Clinical Review (29 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I declare my interest as a practising NHS general practitioner. I welcome the public inquiry, and I welcome both chairs. Eljamel has brought the medical profession into disrepute. He is a disgrace. Although there have been clear clinical failures, it is abundantly clear that NHS managers have significant questions to answer about their role in allowing Eljamel to continue to work despite...

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests, as I am a practising NHS general practitioner. I am also a member of the Parliament’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee. Despite warnings that the SNP-Green Government is unable to articulate and communicate how the national care service would work in practice, Parliament is nevertheless asked today to support a bill...

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Referral Back to Lead Committee at Stage 1 (28 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests. I am a practising general practitioner in the national health service. I am also a member of the Parliament’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee. The lead committee charged with scrutinising the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill had four evidence sessions with COSLA, and we now know that every single one was a...

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Referral Back to Lead Committee at Stage 1 (28 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: Well, there was no question. If Mr Stewart wanted to speak, he should have put his name forward to do a speech. I ask members across the chamber to vote not along party lines but on the principle that committees and scrutiny of legislation are important. I move amendment S6M-12317.1, to insert at end: “, and, in so doing, expresses severe concern about the viability of the Bill, its related...

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Referral Back to Lead Committee at Stage 1 (28 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: The minister said that focus on the parliamentary process was not needed, but this is not obtuse process—this is scrutiny. It is clear that this secretive Scottish National Party Government does not want scrutiny. The convener of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee was right to say that extensive scrutiny was performed, but, when secret fundamental changes happened, we were unable...

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I refer members to my entry in the register of interests as a practising NHS GP—I am living under the pressures that we are debating right now. I welcome the new cabinet secretary to his role, and I also welcome my new colleague, Tim Eagle, who will give his maiden speech today. Successive SNP Governments have watched, as if caught in the headlights, as general practice struggles under...

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I could not agree any more with my colleague. Over the past two years, I have had candid discussions with patient groups, clinicians, health economists, academics, technologists, third sector organisations and NHS executives, with the goal of developing a vision for our NHS that we can bring to a national conversation. It is clear that Scotland needs an NHS that is modern, efficient, local...

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: Perhaps the cabinet secretary will reflect on the fact that if the SNP had passed on all health consequentials that it received since it took power, we would have £17 billion more to spend on our health service. Shame on you for your pet projects.

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: A modern NHS would embrace innovation and introduce the latest medical equipment. In rural and remote areas, that would include mobile screening services, and we would take diagnostics—such as lung screening—to the community instead of expecting patients to travel long distances. We need to provide credible backing for community pharmacists, optometrists, audiology services,...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (21 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests—I am a practising NHS general practitioner. There we have it from the cabinet secretary: everything is perfect. The SNP’s plans are perfect. Mr Rennie, why bother having this debate? Well, members and the public at large may recall the SNP promise at the last election to make NHS dentistry free at the point of care to...

Scottish Parliament: Long Covid ( 8 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: The First Minister mentioned the publishing of material. On 31 January, the Scottish Government issued an update on long Covid guidance on NHS Inform via the official @scotgovhealth channel on X, formerly known as Twitter. It was endorsed by the Minister for Public Health and Women’s Health, Jenni Minto. The video downplays the challenges that individuals who are grappling with long Covid...

Scottish Parliament: Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol ( 8 Feb 2024)

Sandesh Gulhane: I declare an interest as a practising national health service general practitioner. Cabinet secretary, you falsely accused me of not believing the evidence. Perhaps it is just a lack of understanding on your part, given that the Government had to change its release—


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