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GP practices at risk from suspension of Scottish support scheme

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1121 (Published 20 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1121
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

A vital support scheme for family doctors in Scotland introduced as part of the GP contract six years ago has been suspended, threatening the viability of dozens of practices.

A survey carried out by BMA Scotland has found that 30 practices consider their position as “precarious” following the suspension of the GP sustainability loan scheme by the Scottish government. Six practices said it is now likely that they would be forced to hand back their contract to their local health board.

The loan scheme was a key element of the 2018 GP contract in Scotland and was hailed …

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