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Scottish Health Secretary announces multi-million pound investment in primary care workforce

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Will primary care workforce plan result in 800 more GPs for Scotland?

 

Nurse and doctor leaders have given a cautious welcome to plans to expand and support the primary care workforce in Scotland.

 

Launching the primary care workforce plan, Health Secretary Shona Robison announced almost £7m for training for nurses to work in the community, and outlined plans to support recruitment of an additional 800 GPs for Scotland over the next 10 years.

 

Theresa Fyffe, the director of RCN Scotland said the plan reflected the need for a new approach to developing multi-disciplinary primary care teams, while Alan McDevitt, chair of the BMA’s Scottish GP committee said he was supportive of the general direction but wanted to see more detail on how the new workforce would be recruited and developed.