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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08794: Richard Leonard (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it will support NHS Lanarkshire in meeting the primary care sector workforce capacity requirements identified by the consultation, Achieving Excellence.

Answered by: Shona Robison 15 May 2017

On Friday 10 March 2017, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport announced an additional £71.6 million will be invested in direct support of general practice, helping transform the way services are delivered in the community. The funds will directly support general practice in 2017-18, by improving recruitment and retention, reducing workload, developing new ways of delivering services and covering pay and expenses.

This new funding forms the first stage of the Scottish Government’s commitment to invest an extra £250 million in direct support of general practice per year by 2021 – as part of a pledge to increase overall annual funding for primary care by £500 million by 2021.