Dr Sandesh Gulhane, who had initially referred to as for lengthy Covid specialist clinics in his maiden speech to the Scottish Parliament in 2021, instructed the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme on Saturday that it’s important folks struggling with the sickness might be seen by somebody with experience on the matter.
“Folks with lengthy Covid do not wish to come into hospital. They have not bought the vitality to try this,” Dr Gulhane stated.
“The issue I’ve proper now as a GP, I haven’t got wherever to ship my lengthy Covid sufferers to.”
When requested if he can supply any therapy to sufferers who come to him for assist, he stated: “Sadly, one of the best I can supply is empathy.
“I can clarify to them [about] lengthy Covid, however there is not an enormous quantity that we will do proper now.
“We want a devoted area for our sufferers to go to.”
He added: “We want sufferers to have the ability to go to a specialist, to have the ability to go someplace the place they’re in a position to get that assist, to get the experience.”
Dr Gulhane recommended that in doing so, patterns in profitable therapy might be recognised, fairly than having particular person sufferers being despatched to varied locations to hunt solutions to their sickness.
Final month, the Scottish Authorities introduced a help fund of £3 million would go in direction of initiatives driving enhancements in care and help for folks with lengthy Covid.
The funding will likely be allotted to the nation’s well being boards to be spent on bolstering help however, on the time, Dr Gulhane criticised the very fact the Authorities was not committing to making a community of clinics as an answer.
He instructed BBC Scotland on Saturday: “The Scottish Authorities have chosen to spend double the quantity on independence planning than they’re on lengthy Covid.
“We’re in a scenario the place it is £3 million a 12 months being given to lengthy Covid, for £10 million in whole, and that is not going to be wherever close to sufficient what we’d like.
“However worse than that, we’ve got nothing.
“We’ve got completely nothing throughout the well being boards in Scotland.”
A Scottish Authorities spokesperson stated: “We recognise the affect that lengthy Covid can have on peoples’ well being and wellbeing.
“Given the vary of signs which might be concerned, we additionally know there isn’t any ‘one-size suits all’ response and our strategy is to help folks with lengthy Covid to entry care and help in a setting that’s acceptable and as near their dwelling as practicable.
“Companies and help are already being offered for these with lengthy Covid and we’re doing extra to make sure that care is resourced and delivered throughout Scotland to help folks in probably the most acceptable method.
“A protracted Covid strategic community has been established and brings collectively medical consultants, NHS boards, third-sector organisations together with Chest Coronary heart and Stroke Scotland and people with lived expertise to information how we plan and design care and guarantee our £10 million Lengthy Covid Assist Fund is focused on the areas the place extra help could make the most important distinction.”