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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01580: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reports that GP practices in Edinburgh, including Parkgrove & East Craigs Medical Practice and Southside Surgery, are unable to recruit the GPs they require.

Answered by: Shona Robison 9 August 2016

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 (BMA) 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 new Scottish GP contract from 2017. 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.