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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12301: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making towards achieving its objective of having more information and better specialist advice available locally, and whether it considers that more investment in GP services is needed, including giving GPs an enhanced leadership role in primary and community care.

Answered by: Shona Robison 16 November 2017

The Scottish Government is aware of the pressures facing general practice and are fully committed to supporting a model of sustainable general practice.

Today the Scottish Government has published the new GMS 2018 contract offer. It aims to re-invigorate general practice and to re-energise the core values associated with it. It aims to create a dynamic and positive career for doctors and ensure that patients continue to have accessible, high quality general medical services.

The Scottish GMS 2018 contract offer can be accessed here - http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/11/1343

We will invest £100m in 2018-19 to support the new contract. This investment is delivered as part of our commitment to increase funding in direct support of general practice by £250m by the end of this parliament.

The Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE) will go live in April 2018 and will make a major contribution to the analysis of local health and social care systems and will significantly improve GP practices’, Integration Authorities and NHS Boards’ understandings of their local populations’ needs.