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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-01223: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 30 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to assist NHS Shetland in filling GP vacancies across the board's area.

Answered by: Shona Robison 7 September 2017

The Scottish Government’s commitment to general practice is clear, with an additional £250m per year is going in direct support of general practice by the end of this Parliament. But we know that GP recruitment and retention can at times be challenging, in our rural, remote and island communities.

That’s why, through our GP Recruitment and Retention Fund, we’re supporting a range of initiatives of direct benefit to Shetland and other island communities, such as the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (which includes NHS Shetland); and bursaries for GP trainees (which include two eligible trainee posts in Shetland). Our new Graduate Entry Medicine Programme will also focus on medical students spending more time in general practice and remote and rural areas.