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:
Percentage of patients able to access healthcare professional within 2 working days
NHS AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN
NHS DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
NHS FORTH VALLEY
NHS GREATER GLASGOW AND CLYDE
NHS WESTERN ISLES
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