Scottish GPs need more training on long Covid ‘as a matter of urgency’ as allocated time for training has been lost due to the mounting pressures of the NHS, according to a Covid-19 Recovery Committee report.
The committee has strongly recommended the Scottish Government works with training bodies as a matter of urgency ‘to develop and implement its education strategy in relation to the awareness and recognition of long Covid within the medical profession’.
The report said: ‘Many patients are still encountering GPs who are not aware of long Covid. The committee is disappointed by the lack of progress in this area, particularly bearing in mind the length of time since long Covid first emerged as a disease.’
The committee heard from long Covid patients they are often passed ‘from pillar to post and there is no single point of access’.
This is despite the then cabinet secretary saying practitioners having protected learning time for CPD was ‘absolutely pivotal’.
RCGP Scotland also argued that long Covid should be managed within general practice.
The committee concluded the National Strategic Network’s education strategy aimed at raising awareness of long Covid among medical professionals had ‘not been fully effective’.
But health boards said a key challenge in setting up long Covid services related to workforce and capacity issues, and funding under spends.