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S5W-15089: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 6 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many vacant GP posts recorded in the Primary Care Workforce Survey 2017 were vacant for (a) between (i) six and 12, (ii) 12 and 18, (iii) 18 and 24, (iv) 24 and 30 and (v) 30 and 36 and (b) over 36 months, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 21 March 2018

We know that GP recruitment and retention is an issue for some areas of Scotland. That’s why the ground breaking new GP contract for Scotland – jointly designed and agreed with the British Medical Association – will help ensure that GPs are able to spend more time with patients and less time on bureaucracy. It will help reduce doctors’ overall workload and make general practice an even more attractive career prospect by allowing GPs to focus on the patients who need them most.

We have recently announced the commitment to increasing the number of GPs by at least 800 over ten years to ensure a sustainable service that meets increasing demand on our services. Our strategy to recruit and retain our existing GPs will be set out in part 3 of the national health and social care workforce plan to be published this month.

Table 1: GP posts vacant for over 6 months reported by responding practices for year ending 31August 2017, by NHS Board area

NHS Board

Unfilled Vacancies

Headcount (N)

Filled Vacancies

Headcount (N)

TOTAL VACANCIES

Headcount (N)

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

12

12

24

NHS Borders

0

2

2

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

10

4

14

NHS Fife

19

7

26

NHS Forth Valley

11

3

14

NHS Grampian

12

1

13

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

11

12

23

NHS Highland

12

8

20

NHS Lanarkshire

13

10

23

NHS Lothian

19

16

35

NHS Orkney

0

1

1

NHS Shetland

5

3

8

NHS Tayside

13

8

21

NHS Western Isles

4

5

9

SCOTLAND

141

92

233