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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04602: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the review of the NHS resource allocation formula for general practice.

Answered by: Shona Robison 21 November 2016

Tackling health inequalities is one of our primary care outcomes, as recently published in a joint memorandum with BMA [ http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/11/7258 ]. Adjusting the Scottish Allocation Formula (SAF), which weights general practice funding by various factors that affect workload, including deprivation, rurality and age, is one way that could help deliver that outcome. The formula has been reviewed, and we are currently considering the potential impact of implementing the review findings at individual GP practice level. We also need to look beyond the GP contract to other interventions and ways of supporting general practice in areas of high deprivation.

The Scottish Government and the BMA’s Scottish General Practitioners Committee agree, in principle, that we need better information and evidence to inform both accurate recompense of expenses and options for the long term overall development of GP pay in Scotland. To this end, we have agreed jointly to commission a review of general practice funding, pay and expenses to provide a proper, robust evidence base for improved decision making. This will take place in 2017, and inform options from 2018.