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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22067: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many GPs are due to retire in the next 12 months.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 26 March 2019

This information is not centrally held as most GP are independent contractors who were not previously obliged to share it with the Scottish Government. The new GP contract, which came into force on 1 April 2018, allows us to gather this data subject to agreement with the BMA. The Scottish Government is in the process of finalising an agreement that will allow effective national workforce planning.

We have a record number of GPs working in Scotland and are working to further increase the current numbers by at least 800 in the next 10 years. Our workforce planning takes account of the information available on those interested in re-entering or retiring from the profession and we support a number of initiatives to retain GPs who are considering leaving the profession, including support for GP appraisals, mentoring, and coaching as well as a new Stay in Practice Scheme.