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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-02073: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the provision of GP appointments in NHS Lanarkshire.

Answered by: Shona Robison 9 May 2018

The latest Health and Care Experience Survey published on 24 April 2018, reported that the number of people offered an urgent appointment at their GP practice within 48 hours has risen from 91% to 93% in the past year, with all health boards meeting the minimum standard of 90%. 91% of the patients in NHS Lanarkshire who completed the survey gave a positive response for 48 hour access.

The new GP contract, backed by investment of £110 million in 2018-19 and jointly developed with the BMA, will ensure GPs can spend even more time with patients when they really need to see them. There will also be new investment in the wider multi-disciplinary teams to support GPs and improve patient care.

We are already working to increase the number of GPs by at least 800 over ten years to ensure a sustainable service that meets increasing demand.