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S5W-22535: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it has provided to NHS Dumfries and Galloway to help recruit GPs across the region.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 7 May 2019

The Scottish Government is in regular contact with Dumfires and Galloway Health & Social Care Partnership (DGHSCP) as part of their active engagement with the Scottish Government's Improving GP Sustainability Working Group. As part of this work officials, including professional advisers undertook a series of GP practice visits in the Dumfries and Galloway area in February 2019 to offer further support.

They are currently exploring opportunities to help improve recruitment and retention through working with the Scottish Government funded Scottish Rural Medical Collaborative (SRMC). They are also working on improving GP wellbeing due to the tragic incident of a GP who took their own life in Lockerbie last year.

Our strategy to recruit and retain GPs underpins our commitment to recruit 800 additional practicing GPs by 2027, and is backed but our commitment to invest an additional £250 million in direct support of general practice by the end of this parliament.