Date lodged: 9 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce changes to GP and other primary care sector training to ensure that there is parity of access to treatment between mental and physical health.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 21 September 2016
The requirements and content of the GP training curricula is a matter for the Royal College of General Practitioners, and is approved by the General Medical Council as regulator of the medical profession. This approach applies to the training requirements of the other health care professions.
The Scottish Government has no plans to seek changes to GP and other Primary Care sector training about ensuring parity of access to treatment between mental and physical health, as current training already emphasises equal importance to mental and physical illness and is not discriminatory. NHSScotland Health Boards together with general practice providers are, responsible for the provision of treatment.