Primary Care Out-of-hours Services

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 1st December 2015.

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Duncan McNeil will be aware that the publication of the report coincided with the publication of research commissioned by the Scottish Government that highlighted some of the issues that Duncan McNeil has referred to. He will also be aware that, within the existing GP contract, there is an element of funding for deprivation: the 100 deep-end practices receive a total of around £5.4 million. However, as he will know—and as I have said before in the chamber—we need to go further than that, and the new contract offers the opportunity to do so.

We will have a transition year for the new contract in 2016, with large elements of the quality and outcomes framework being dismantled to remove bureaucracy. If there is anything that we can move on earlier with regard to that or, indeed, aspects of Sir Lewis Ritchie’s recommendations, I will certainly look at it. Perhaps for some of the modelling and testing, we can have a focus on testing in some of the more deprived communities to see how the model can work to best effect.