More junior doctors training to be GPs
THE number of junior doctors training to become GPs and the percentage of specialty training posts getting filled have both increased, new figures show.
NHS recruitment statistics show that 92% of all medical training posts advertised in Scotland in the last year were filled.
Just 89 of the 1131 medical training posts in Scotland advertised in 2019 were not taken up, according to the NHS Education for Scotland data.
Although the number of available posts has fallen each year since 2016, the percentage filled and the number of trainees are at a five-year high.
There were 37 medical specialties in which every place was taken, up from the 29 last year.
The figures show that the number of people applying to specialise in general practice has increased by 21%, with 325 posts filled from the 340 advertised – 33 more than in 2018.
Health Secretary Jeane
Freeman said: “I am delighted that Scotland’s frontline healthcare will see the highest number of trainee GPs in post since 2015.
“This continues to reflect Scotland’s reputation as a country with a first-class medical education system with flexible training opportunities for our junior doctors.
“It is particularly encouraging to see more GP trainee posts filled in previously hard to fill locations thanks to our GP Specialty Training Bursary.
“We recognise that there are still ongoing challenges when it comes to recruiting to certain medical specialties and geographical areas, and we are continuing to address these issues.”
The medical director of NHS Education for Scotland, Professor Rowan Parks, said: “This is a great tribute to the hard work of consultants and general practitioners across the whole of Scotland, who continue to ensure that doctors training here have a the best possible training.”