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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13304: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what extra resources are in place to ensure the long-term sustainability of remote GP practices.

Answered by: Shona Robison 19 December 2017

The new General Medical Services contract, if accepted by GPs, will introduce a more accurate workload formula, and the Scottish Government has committed £23 million to guarantee that no practice will lose income as a result of the new formula.

As part of the new contract arrangements, the Scottish Government will also invest £2 million in 2018-19 to support initiatives to attract and retain GPs in our rural and remote communities and ensure practices are sustainable, including:

  • Continuing support for the ground-breaking Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative.

  • Expanding the £10,000 “golden hello” scheme to 160 rural and remote practices.

  • An improved relocation package of £5000 per GP to encourage GPs to move to rural areas.

We will also continue the current bursary scheme to increase the attractiveness of GP specialty training posts. Over half of these bursaries will be attached to training posts in rural and remote areas.