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To ask the Scottish Government how many GPs in rural practices in (a) Scotland and (b) NHS Highland offer out-of-hours cover and what proportion that is of all GPs in that area.

Answered by Shona Robison (28/04/2015):

The delivery of GP services during the out-of-hours period is the responsibility of health boards in accordance with National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Scotland’s 14 health boards report having a total of 4704 GPs practicing in Scotland today. The number of practices classified as rural within this figure is unknown from current information available.

NHS Highland reports having a total of 343 GPs, with 27 providing out-of-hours cover. This includes eight GP practices remaining opted-in providing out-of-hours cover from Monday to Thursday and the board covering weekends and public holidays.

Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 28/04/2015
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