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S5W-04412: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many pharmacists are based in GP surgeries, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 15 November 2016

The information as requested is not readily available.

As at September 2015 (the most recent figures available), there were 262.2 Whole Time Equivalent health board primary care pharmacist posts in NHS Scotland. These posts include a range of support activities for GP practices from prescribing support to undertaking clinics, and treating patients with common uncomplicated conditions. The following table shows a breakdown of the number of these posts by NHS board.

Health Board

Number of NHS Board

Primary care pharmacists(WTE) posts

– Sept 2015

 

Ayrshire and Arran

 

26.4

Borders

 

4.6

Dumfries and Galloway

8.8

Fife

 

23.8

Forth Valley

 

15.1

Grampian

 

18.3

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

76

Highland

 

16.4

Lanarkshire

 

24.9

Lothian

 

17.1

Orkney

 

1.9

Shetland

 

2

Tayside

 

27.3

Western Isles

 

0

Total

262.6

In addition, the Scottish Government has allocated £16.2 million to NHS Boards over three years through our programme of transformational change in primary care, to take forward our commitment to recruiting up to 140 pharmacists with advanced clinical skills to GP practices. The commitment as set out in the Programme for Government, is that all GP practices will have access to a pharmacist with these skills by the end of this Parliament.