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S5W-19846: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-19271 by Jeane Freeman on 8 November 2018, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding the number of new GPs recruited through the GP Recruitment and Retention Fund, also broken down by NHS board, and for what reason it did not provide this information in its answer.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 22 November 2018

The GP Recruitment and Retention fund has resulted in 57 GPs being recruited across Scotland. The funding offered by the Scottish Government enabled projects to be developed and funding to be mainstreamed.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Tayside and the Deep End Pioneer Scheme are all in the process of recruiting new GPs onto their fellowships programmes which proved to be highly successful under the GP Recruitment and Retention fund that health boards are now supporting them. We continue to fund the development of the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative that has brought together 10 Health Boards across rural Scotland and are investing a further £7.5 million this year to recruit and retain GPs.

Listed below are the numbers of GPs broken down by board that officials have been sourcing as data was not held centrally.


NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde


NHS Ayrshire and Arran


NHS Borders


NHS Lothian


NHS Tayside


NHS Highland


NHS Lanarkshire