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gp handing prescriptionFebruary 15 2016

Concerns over recruitment and retention of GPs in Scotland, particularly in rural areas, has been raised in the Scottish Parliament.

Alex Fergusson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, asked what the Scottish Government was doing to address the reported shortage of GPs in rural areas. He pointed out that “in Dumfries and Galloway, there are currently 14 GP vacancies and that number is soon to go up to 16 with two impending retirements.

“Only four out of 12 training scheme places were taken up this year, and 25% of GPs are over 55 and do not appear to be persuaded to continue working past retirement by the Government’s proposed contract.”

He asked: “Why is it that, since the Government came to power, the proportion of the NHS budget that is allocated to GPs has reduced from 9.8% in 2005-06 to 7.4% in 2014-15? What action will the Government take to address the decline in the NHS budget to make general practice more attractive to young doctors and encourage older practitioners to remain in practice?”

Shona Robison, the Health, Wellbeing and Sport Secretary, replied by saying that the Scottish Government will invest £85 million as part of the primary care fund over the next three years. “As part of that, £2.5 million will be invested in work to explore with key stakeholders the issues surrounding GP recruitment and retention, which can be particularly challenging in remote and rural areas.”

Ms Robison also pointed out that the number of GPs who are employed in Scotland has risen 7% to nearly 5,000 under the current Scottish Government, and that she had recently announced an extra 100 training places.

“I accept that more needs to be done. That is why we are in the midst of negotiating a new contract, so there is no new contract for GPs to reject or otherwise; we have only just begun to negotiate it with the British Medical Association. I hope that the member will appreciate that,” she said.

“If we get it right, the new model and contract have the potential to deliver Sir Lewis Ritchie’s vision for primary care, which is based on a multidisciplinary team in which everyone works to the top of their skill level, thus freeing up GPs to spend more time with the more complex cases. That is what we want to deliver and we will commit to more GPs to deliver that model; we have already said that.

“I hope that, through the junior doctor recruitment that will be happening in the next month, we will see a lot of junior doctors who want to come to Scotland to train for general practice here because it is a great opportunity for them.”

Link:

Scottish Parliament questions- February 11 2016

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