In January 2018 a new GP contract was agreed between the Scottish Government and the Scottish GP Committee. The contract will be a new approach to delivering primary care, however, it has become clear that the new proposal does not meet the unique challenges of delivering care in rural areas.
The main concern is that the new contracts have not taken in to account the interests, issues or challenges that rural practices face in delivering health care to rural areas. Attracting and retaining healthcare staff in rural areas is already a challenge and this may be an even greater issue if the future of healthcare funding does not accommodate rural communities.
Scottish Rural Action have been seeking reassurance from the Scottish Government that adequate rural and island proofing has been undertaken in the process of creating the new proposals. We have written to Shona Robison MSP to highlight our concerns and request that any final decisions are postponed until evidence of adequate rural proofing has been assessed as fit for purpose.
The Rural GP Association of Scotland has developed an information page or log on to the our forum to contribute to the discussion.