Date lodged: 6 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government when it last audited the rates that can be charged by locums providing GP cover and how they compare with GP salaries.
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 who they engage. However, the Scottish Government is committed to greater transparency on how investment works in general practice and that is why under the 2018 GP Contract all GP practices are now required to provide data on their practice workforce and related expenses. This will allow more transparency on GP locum use in the future.