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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10075: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time is for patients to secure an appointment with a GP in Scotland, also broken down by NHS board area.

Answered by: Shona Robison 19 July 2017

The Scottish Government does not hold this information for independently contracted practices. It does expect patients to be offered an appointment with a member of GP practice staff within two days; the latest figures (Health & Care Experience Survey 2015-16) show that 91.8% of people were able to get a consultation within that time.

The figures on the percentage of patients in 2015-16 able to arrange an appointment with a member of GP practice staff within two days by Board are given in the following table:

Health Board

 

Percentage of patients able to access healthcare professional within 2 working days

NHS AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN

90.7

NHS BORDERS

92.9

NHS DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY

95.8

NHS FIFE

90.7

NHS FORTH VALLEY

91.4

NHS GRAMPIAN

90.7

NHS GREATER GLASGOW AND CLYDE

92.3

NHS HIGHLAND

94.4

NHS LANARKSHIRE

89.0

NHS LOTHIAN

91.5

NHS ORKNEY

97.8

NHS SHETLAND

95.2

NHS TAYSIDE

94.3

NHS WESTERN ISLES

95.2

NHSSCOTLAND

91.8

Figures broken down by GP practice are held at the following website: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/GPPatientExperienceSurvey/HACE2015-16/LDP-GP