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To ask the Scottish Government whether the proportion of the NHS budget spent on rural general practice has fallen or risen over the last decade.

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

The Scottish Government invests additional funding in general practice every year, in a way which aims to support all of general practice. Rurality is one of the factors on which funding is weighted through the Scottish Allocation Formula for general practice, and as such rural practises receive appropriate baseline funding to reflect this.

While we recognise the importance of rural general practices, increases to their funding will be in line with that for the whole of Scotland and under this government investment in primary medical services has increased by £79.7 million since 2006.

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