More ju­nior doc­tors train­ing to be GPs

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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.”

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