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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08253: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 20 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the £60 million it allocated to support general practice will be given to practices in areas of high deprivation.

Answered by: Shona Robison 7 April 2017

The specific details of the Primary Care Fund are being determined at present, but it will include measures to build the primary care workforce, address GP workload, improve infrastructure and transform primary care. This will include investment in areas of high deprivation.

Tackling health inequalities is a key outcome of the Scottish Government’s transformation of Primary Care and the Scottish Government continues to support various initiatives to support general practice in areas of high deprivation. These include:

•Funding the Links Worker programme in Dundee and Glasgow. Over the next five years, we will increase the number of community Links Workers in disadvantaged areas to 250.

•Funding Govan SHIP through the Primary Care Transformation Fund. The aim of this project is to achieve service transformation through new and innovative models of integrated care in the four Deep End practices in Govan Health Centre.

•Funding the Deep End Pioneer Scheme through the Recruitment and Retention Fund which is recruiting young GPs to Deep End practices, release the time of experienced GPs for service development, and develop educational and training materials for GPs working in deprived areas.