– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 15th July 1999.

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Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

Question S1W-344

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the funding of remote medical practises such as Glenorchy and Innishail in Argyll and Bute.

Photo of Susan Deacon Susan Deacon Labour

There are no plans to review the funding of remote medical practices. General Practitioners are independent contractors and not NHS employees. They do not receive a salary but are paid through a system of fees and allowances designed to deliver an average income and cover practice expenses. In the most remote areas, some practices, including the one mentioned, are covered by the Inducement Scheme. This is a scheme to underwrite the income of a practice to ensure practitioners can earn a guaranteed level of income each year. There are no current plans to review this scheme.

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