Primary Care Out-of-hours Services

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

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Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government welcomes the report of the national review of out-of-hours services, which was published on 30 November. I thank Professor Ritchie for all his hard work in preparing such a wide-ranging and comprehensive report. Given the complex issues that are involved, we have asked all key delivery partners, including health and social care partnerships, to set out how they propose to deliver the recommendations locally. We will then use those local plans to inform a detailed national implementation plan, which we will publish in the spring of 2016. To ensure that we see action immediately, I have announced £1 million to begin testing the new urgent care hub model that is recommended in the report.