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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00459: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many notifications it has received in the last year of GP practices being closed to new patients, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 16 June 2016

NHS boards do not formally notify the Scottish Government when they agree with an independently contracted practice that it can temporarily close its patient list. We expect health boards to work with practices as constructively and as flexibly as is appropriate on these occasions to help manage the situation and ensure that all patients have access to GP services.

The following table shows the number of practices which were temporarily closed to new patients last year (2015 calendar year) by NHS board.

NHS Board

Closed to new patient registrations

Ayrshire and Arran

0

Borders

0

Dumfries and Galloway

0

Fife

0

Forth Valley

0

Grampian

0

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

4

Highland

0

Lanarkshire

3

Lothian

0

Orkney

0

Shetland

0

Tayside

4

Western Isles

0

Total

11