Date lodged: 21 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recent BMA Scotland survey, which indicated that nearly 16% of GP practices in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area had at least one vacancy for a doctor.
Answered by: Shona Robison 19 July 2017
The Scottish Government is committed to reinvigorating the core strengths and principles of general practice.
On 10 March , the Scottish Government announced that in 2017-2018 £71.6 million will be invested in direct support of general practice, helping transform the way services are delivered in the community. As part of this the GP Recruitment and Retention Fund has been increased five-fold - from £1 million to £5 million in 2017-18. This investment is enabling us to expand and continue to explore with key stakeholders the issues surrounding GP recruitment and retention across Scotland through a range of initiatives that will test and develop solutions and recommendations.