Date lodged: 24 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government (a) how much and (b) what percentage of the £250 million extra that it announced for GP services will be allocated to each NHS board in each if the next four years.
Answered by: Shona Robison 8 June 2017
The Scottish Government has committed to investing £500 million extra in primary care by the end of this parliament. By 2021, £250 million of this new investment will be made in direct support of general practice, helping to transform the way services are delivered in the community.
As a first step towards that £250 million, the Primary Care Fund has risen from £45m in 2016-17 to £72m in 2017-18, and it will fund measures to improve recruitment and retention, reduce workload, and develop new ways of delivering services.
There will be a range of mechanisms and delivery partners associated with various elements of this funding package. The detailed allocation of funding, including that to NHS Boards, for the various Primary Care Fund investments they will deliver is still under consideration, but we expect to be able to advise the Board-level breakdown of the largest element, the Primary Care Transformation Fund, to NHS Boards shortly. We are keeping Directors of Finance at NHS Boards up-to-date with progress. Strategic planning by Integration Authorities will ensure that this investment supports transformation and shifting the balance of care to the community.
Details on the Primary Care Fund for the subsequent three years will be provided as part of the respective Spending Reviews.