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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01333: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to raise spending on general practice to 11% of the NHS budget.

Answered by: Shona Robison 4 October 2017

By the end of this Parliament, the Scottish Government will increase spending on primary care to 11% of the frontline NHS budget. This is an increase of £500 million and will support the development of a multi-disciplinary approach, with increased staffing as well as investment in GP services and health centres.

In March this year I announced that funding in direct support of general practice will increase by £250 million by the end of this Parliament as part of the wider commitment to increase primary care funding by £500 million. This will help to transform the way services are delivered in the community, and is an approach that was agreed with the British Medical Association.

In this financial year, over £71 million is being invested in general practice to improve recruitment and retention, reduce workload, develop new ways of delivering services and cover pay and expenses.