Date lodged: 20 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding what the average number of days worked each week by GPs has been in each of the last five years, and what proportion worked (a) above and (b) below this figure.
Answered by: Shona Robison 6 November 2017
The information requested is not held centrally by the Scottish Government.
The Primary Care Workforce Survey 2015 collected information on estimated weekly hours worked by GPs in practices (excluding Out of Hours periods).
58% of GP practices responded and estimated weekly hours were reported for 2,685 GPs.
The survey results suggest that the average estimated hours worked per week by GPs was 34.0 hours. Estimated hours per week ranged from 2 hours to 110 hours. This includes direct and indirect patient contact and other activities.
Full results for the 2015 survey and for previous years are available online at: (http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/General-Practice/Workforce-and-Practice-Populations/Workforce/national_primary_care_workforce_survey.asp).