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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-04150: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 31 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to its news release of 15 October 2016, Increased investment in primary care, what areas of treatment it defines as primary care.

Answered by: Shona Robison 10 November 2016

The Scottish Government is committed to increasing spending on primary care services to 11% of the frontline NHS budget by 2021-22. The increased investment in primary care will support the development of a multi-disciplinary approach to primary care, with increased staffing as well as investment in GP services and health centres. It reflects the Scottish Government’s commitment to shift the balance of care away from hospitals and towards primary and community settings.

Primary Care is wider than GPs and covers the wider primary care team. Examples of wider primary care services include home visits by district nurses or community link workers.