Date lodged: 29 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to attract GPs to rural communities in Dumfriesshire.
Answered by: Shona Robison 27 October 2016
The Scottish Government is fully committed to supporting primary care, including GPs, and ensuring that all communities in Scotland, including remote and rural areas, receive safe, reliable and sustainable health care services.
Over three years, the Scottish Government is investing £85 million, as part of the Primary Care Fund. As part of this, over £2 million will be invested in work to explore with key stakeholders the issues surrounding GP recruitment and retention which can be particularly challenging in remote and rural areas. This will support a range of initiatives over the next two years including the establishment of a Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative between NHS Dumfries and Galloway and six other health boards. This initiative will bring together recruitment strategies and support networks for GPs working in remote and rural areas.