Linda Fabiani, MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed yesterday’s announcement from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that the number of training places for GPs will increase from 300 to 400 a year from next year. The number of GPs working in Scotland has already increased under the SNP’s term in office, and this boost to training places will build on that.
It was also announced that there is to be an expansion of the scheme that encourages trained GPs to return to practise following a career break to help ensure effective health and social care integration by transforming primary care.
Commenting, Linda said:
“Personal care is how most people experience our health service, and it is great that steps are being taken to ensure they will be able to meet a wide range of health needs.
“The Scottish Government has a bold plan for the future model of primary care. Supported by multidisciplinary teams of psychiatrists, paediatricians, pharmacists and other specialists, they will be run as community health hubs – ensuring the transformation of primary care in East Kilbride, and across the country.
“In June, the Scottish Government provided an additional £60 million for transforming primary care – £20 million of which allows GPs to trial new ways of working, so that successful initiatives in different parts of the country can be replicated.
“It is particularly welcome news that a programme to retain GPs who have left the profession to return. It costs around £500,000 to train GPs, so it makes perfect sense to encourage those who have been trained, with experience, back into practise where possible. Undoubtedly, their assistance would be beneficial for working on a part time basis, or by providing out of hours care.
“It is also most welcome news that the Scottish Government is increasing the number of training places for GPs by 33% – from 300 to 400. It will ensure we have the skilled practitioners patients needed, working in integrated services, delivering on a clear vision for the health service of the future.”