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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00458: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many full-time GPs there have been in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 16 June 2016

The Primary Care Workforce Survey Scotland 2015, published 14 June 2016, shows that the estimated whole time equivalent number of GPs was 3,645 in 2015.

The Primary Care Workforce Survey does not collect data annually, however the table below shows GP headcount figures in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS board (data are as at 30 September 2015):

Board/Year

2013

2014

2015

Ayrshire and Arran

329

335

331

Borders

118

120

117

Dumfries and Galloway

152

148

138

Fife

277

275

269

Forth Valley

270

268

265

Grampian

549

565

561

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

1,070

1,077

1,055

Highland

393

393

391

Lanarkshire

406

412

462

Lothian

851

852

891

Orkney

29

26

31

Shetland

26

28

31

Tayside

378

394

372

Western Isles

38

34

31

Scotland

4,881

4,921

4,938

Data source: General Practitioner Contractor Database, Information Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland, published in December 2015. http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/General-Practice/Publications/data-tables.asp

Please note that GPs may hold multiple posts simultaneously and therefore the Scotland total may not equal the sum of the different types of GP post or the sum of the headcount in the different boards.