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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16691: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many GP sessions have been lost in practices in Fife in each of the last five years due to failures to (a) recruit GPs and (b) cover absences.

Answered by: Shona Robison 5 June 2018

This is a matter for NHS Fife. The information requested is not held centrally by the Scottish Government.

The groundbreaking 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.