Investment in primary care has gone up every year under this Government, and by the end of this Parliament we’ll be investing an additional £500 million per year in in Scotland’s GP practices and health centres – including £250 million in direct support of general practice.
The SNP want to bring treatment closer to home and have committed to increase spending on primary care services to 11 per cent of the frontline NHS budget.
Scotland already has the highest number of GPs per head of the population in the UK, and we have created 100 new GP training posts per year. A proportion of the new training places will also come with an incentive to take up posts in hard to fill locations, such as remote and rural areas. Our aim is to increase the number of GPs working in Scotland by at least
800 over the next decade.
The SNP Scottish Government has introduced a new GP contract, offering better patient care and support for GPs. The new contract, jointly designed with the British Medical Association, aims to meet patients’ needs in the best way by ensuring services are delivered in the right place. The British Medical Association believes the new contract will make general practice an attractive career choice while also making it sustainable for the future.
The new GP contract is part of an overall transformation in community health services, and will be the biggest reform of GP services in over a decade.