Primary Care Out-of-hours Services

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

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I would not have commissioned the out-of-hours report from Sir Lewis Ritchie had I thought that there were no challenges in the out-of-hours services. That is why I commissioned him to do the report. It is excellent and it sets us on the right path to transforming our out-of-hours services. There are short, medium and longer-term aspects to the report, as Sir Lewis lays out, but we will get on with the job of transforming the out-of-hours services.

In the meantime, of course, out-of-hours services form an integral part of the winter plans, and there is £10.7 million for those plans to ensure that there is resilience in all our services. That includes making sure that the out-of-hours services are robust over the winter. Then the transformation will begin, and the report that sets out how that will happen will be published in the spring, as I said.