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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01312: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support GP surgeries in Fife.

Answered by: Shona Robison 28 September 2017

The Scottish Government is aware of the pressures facing general practice and are fully committed to supporting a model of sustainable general practice.

On 10 March, I announced an additional £71.6 million will be invested in direct support of general practice, helping to transform the way services are delivered in the community. This forms the first stage of the Scottish Government’s commitment to provide an extra £250 million in direct support of general practice per year by 2021 - increasing the overall investment in primary care by £500 million.

As part of this, I have increased the GP recruitment and retention fund this year from £1 million to £5 million, enabling expansion and continued support to existing and new initiatives across Scotland.

One existing initiative is The Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative – a ten board collaboration involving NHS Fife. The project will bring together recruitment strategies and support networks for GPs working in remote and rural areas.