RCGP Scotland response to Cabinet Secretary's announcement on general practice

Publication date: 10 March 2017

Responding to Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport's speech to the Scottish LMC conference today, Dr Miles Mack, Chair of RCGP Scotland, said: “Any additional investment in general practice is a good thing and the figures released today move towards what GPs – and our patients – have been campaigning for.

“The pledge made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last October that ‘an extra half a billion pounds will be invested in our GP practices and health centres’ gave us great reason for optimism. It put us within touching distance of the investment that we so desperately need to boost the GP workforce and get general practice in Scotland back on to a more secure footing.

“Today’s announcement clarifies that under the Scottish Government’s plans general practice will receive an extra £250m in direct support per year by 2021, and an extra £71.6m this year.

“We look forward to our meeting with Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison on Wednesday and to continuing our work with the Scottish Government and our Scottish GPC colleagues to deliver a positive future for general practice and for all our patients.

“I continue to believe the Scottish Government clearly intends to transform care away from hospitals to being focused and centred on communities and is committed to making changes needed to achieve this. This is entirely in keeping with RCGP Scotland’s Core Values –  more funding for general practice, more GPs and more practice staff will be essential to achieve this.”



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For press queries contact David Webster on 07808 795494 or David.Webster@rcgp.org.uk

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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