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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15090: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 7 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the longest period is that a current GP post has been vacant for, and in which NHS board this is.

Answered by: Shona Robison 21 March 2018

This information is not held centrally by the Scottish Government.

We know that GP recruitment and retention is an issue for some areas of Scotland. That’s why the groundbreaking new GP contract for Scotland – jointly designed and agreed with the British Medical Association – will help ensure that GPs are able to spend more time with patients and less time on bureaucracy. It will help reduce doctors’ overall workload and make general practice an even more attractive career prospect by allowing GPs to focus on the patients who need them most.

We have recently announced the commitment to increasing the number of GPs by at least 800 over ten years to ensure a sustainable service that meets increasing demand on our services. Our strategy to recruit and retain our existing GPs will be set out in part 3 of the national health and social care workforce plan to be published this month.