A Consultation on GP Telephone Numbers

The principal purpose of this consultation is to ensure that the regulatory framework regarding the use of certain telephone number ranges by GP practices remains fit for purpose.

Annex A Responding to this consultation paper

We are inviting written responses to this consultation paper. The consultation will start on 11 March and will run until 11 June 2015.

Please send your response with the completed Respondent Information Form to:


Iain Eddyshaw
Primary Medical Services
Directorate for Health and Social Care Integration
Area 1ER
St Andrew's House
1 Regent Road

We would be grateful if you would use the consultation questionnaire provided as this will aid our analysis of the responses received.

This consultation, and all other Scottish Government consultation exercises, can be viewed online on the consultation web pages of the Scottish Government website at

The Scottish Government has an email alert system for consultations, This system allows stakeholder individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly email containing details of all new consultations (including web links). It compliments, but in no way replaces SG distribution lists, and is designed to allow stakeholders to keep up to date with all SG consultation activity, and therefore be alerted at the earliest opportunity to those of most interest. We would encourage you to register.

Handling your response

We need to know how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be made public. Please complete and return the Respondent Information Form enclosed with this consultation as this will ensure that we treat your response appropriately. If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential, and will treat it accordingly.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

Next steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government Library. (see the attached Respondent Information Form), these will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government Library by 25 July 2015 . You can make arrangements to view responses by contacting the SG Library on 0131 244 4552. Responses can be copied and sent to you, but a charge may be made for this service.

What happens next?

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on what changes are required. We aim to issue a report on this consultation process by mid July 2015 and make changes to regulations as soon as is practicable.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to the contact details mentioned above.


Email: Iain Eddyshaw

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