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Scottish GPs get help to cut premises risk

GPs in Scotland have welcomed additional investment of £20m to reduce the financial risk of owning premises – and make becoming a GP partner more attractive.

BMA Scottish GPs committee chair Andrew Buist said that supporting GPs was at the heart of the new Scotland-only contract, which he said was “restoring hope” to the profession.

The premises sustainability loan scheme, which is part of the new contract, aims to ease the financial burden of owning a practice and help with recruitment and retention. Under the scheme, eligible practices can apply for interest-free loans worth up to a fifth of the value of the premises.