Statement on the climate emergency

Statement on the climate emergency

The Scottish Academy recognises that climate change is a global public health issue; that decarbonisation is vital to protecting public health and mental health1; and believes there is a role for healthcare professionals in leading climate change mitigation in the Scottish healthcare system.

Healthcare professionals in Scotland must be supported to make their working practices more environmentally sustainable, including how they care for their patients.

Recovering the Healthcare Workforce

The Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties and BMA Scotland have been working together to ensure that the views of the healthcare workforce contribute to discussions around recovery, remobilisation and transformation of the health service in the months and years ahead. Strategic, creative and experienced input will be essential as we seek to address the impact of the pandemic on the health of the workforce, the management and treatment of patients awaiting care, and preparations for Autumn/Winter 2021.
 

Scottish Academy and BMA joint statement on post-COVID health service recovery

Please find a statement below from Chair of the Scottish Academy, Dr Miles Mack, and Chair of BMA Scotland, Dr Lewis Morrison:

"There is real concern that political parties are raising unrealistic public expectations of the potential activity of  NHS in Scotland in the run up to the Holyrood election, without establishing how to create the capacity to deliver on these promises, especially in the timescales being talked about.

Developing Situation Means We Must Vaccinate As Many People As Possible, As Soon As Possible Say Top Doctors

Media statement

4 January 2021

Members of the Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties have welcomed plans to update the immunisation programme against COVID-19 to ensure that the vaccine is delivered to as many people as possible as quickly as possible. This new plan will be supported by immunising more people with a first dose of the available vaccine before returning to deliver a second top-up dose. This change is based on a review of the clinical evidence of both vaccines.