General Practice (Independent Contractor Model)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 31 May 2023.

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Photo of Claire Baker Claire Baker Labour

The cabinet secretary will recognise that, although he has promised 800 more GPs, Audit Scotland has warned that progress is not on track. In my region, NHS Tayside has recommended that Invergowrie’s practice should close later this month, with more than 1,800 patients being allocated to other practices. In Fife, 40 per cent of GP surgeries have closed their doors to new patients, which is a higher figure than anywhere else in Scotland. Among the current workforce, it is estimated that more than a third are unlikely to remain in general practice for the next five years, which would mean around 1,500 GPs lost.

What action is the Scottish Government taking to improve the retention of GPs, which will be crucial if we are to reach the required number?