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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16567: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of whether the new allocation formula used to calculate GP practice income meets the needs of practices in deprived communities, and whether it has any plans to revisit the formula.

Answered by: Shona Robison 22 May 2018

The new GP contract introduces a funding formula based on the workload that the practice population is expected to generate. It is based on the best available evidence and as such it more accurately reflects the workload of GPs.

The impact of deprivation on the workload of a practice is better reflected in the new workload formula than the previous Scottish Allocation Formula. Methodological improvements mean both deprivation in urban areas and isolated pockets of rural deprivation are better addressed by the new formula.

The new formula was developed as part of a 2016 review of the Scottish Allocation Formula (ttp://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/11/1343/downloads ), and was informed by the 2017 Review of GP Earnings and Expenses ( http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00527540.pdf ). The impact of the new funding formula will be monitored during implementation.