Date lodged: 6 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what the average rate paid for locums filling GP vacancies was in each NHS board area in (a) 2013, (b) 2014, (c) 2015, (d) 2016, (e) 2017 and (f) 2018 to date.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 20 September 2018
The majority of Scotland's GP practices (94%) are run by independent contractors. As such it is for practices to agree terms and conditions with the locums whom they engage, and so information on average GP locum rates is not held by the Scottish Government.
However, under the 2018 GP Contract GP Practices will provide more data on their practice workforce and related expenses, which will allow more transparency on GP locum use in the future.