Date lodged: 25 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made addressing reported concerns regarding the impact of the new GP contract on rural practices.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 6 July 2018
The Rural General Practice Short Life Working Group, which is chaired by Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie and includes representation from rural GPs, had its first meeting on 12 June. The group will work with clinicians and healthcare providers from a range of remote and rural communities to help implement the new GP Contract. My officials are in dialogue with its members to identify issues for the group to discuss at the next meeting, expected to be held in September.