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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16909: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 29 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether additional resources will be made available to GP practices to help them deliver free access to medical records.

Answered by: Shona Robison 5 June 2018

Scottish Government and the BMA have agreed that GP income should not be subject to arbitrary variation and should instead reflect the value of a GP’s work as an expert medical generalist. This can only be achieved by providing practices with the necessary funding for expert medical generalist work and the necessary expenses to support this work. To this end we have introduced a new funding formula to better address practice workload whilst investing £23 million to ensure that no practice lost funding in the transition.

The new GP contract – backed by investment of £110 million in 2018-19 – will also invest in placing additional primary care staff in GP practices to reduce GP practice workload. This includes an increased role and additional training made available for practice administrative staff who play a vital role in supporting patients in general practice.