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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-14873: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the GP contract proposal that was submitted by the Rural GP Association of Scotland in November 2017.

Answered by: Shona Robison 7 March 2018

The Scottish Government welcomes the commitment made by the Rural GP Association of Scotland, in their November 2017 publication, to engage with the aspirations of the proposed 2018 GP contract, and their agreement that the themes of workload, recruitment and sustainability were core elements to address through the new contract and transformation of primary care.

The Scottish Government will continue to work to promote rural general practice through the remote and rural incentive scheme and through the Short Life Working Group on Rural General Practice which will help to ensure that the contract is delivered in a way that works well for rural areas, and will also look for additional ways in which rural general practice can be supported.