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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-00080: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many GP surgeries have a shortage of GPs.

Answered by: Shona Robison 26 May 2016

Numbers of vacancies for GP posts are not held centrally as this is a matter for individual independent GP contractors as employers. However, as part of the move towards better quality more regular and more consistent information, a workforce survey has been undertaken and the results will be published on 14 June 2016.

In addition, in Scotland we are transforming primary care, supported by £85 million of extra investment to put in place long-term, sustainable change within GP services that can better meet changing needs and demands.

We have also pledged to increase GP training places for medical students from 300 to 400 a year and are expanding schemes to encourage trained GPs to return to practice in the NHS. We are working closely with the British Medical Association and the Royal College of GPs to reduce workload, including our pioneering agreement to abolish the bureaucratic system of GP payments, and work towards a brand new Scottish GP contract from 2017 that will make primary care services fit for the future. A £20 million package to support GPs will also help ease pressures on workload in the short term, and contribute to putting general practice on a more long-term sustainable footing.