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Junior doctors attracted to Scotland, 5,700 to be trained

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Staff writer ▼ | July 5, 2016
More than 5,700 junior doctors will be training in Scotland this year. Data from NHS Education Scotland show that currently over 96% of all medical training posts in Scotland have been filled through recruitment for the 2016/17 academic year.
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Medicine in Scotland   96% of all medical training posts have been filled
Scotland has long had a strong record of delivering high quality medical training.
Shona Robison, Health Secretary
The number of foundation level doctors applying to train in the NHS north of the border increased by 27%, with an increase in the number of students choosing Scotland as their first preference.

At core training level - doctors who have been graduated for up to two years - there was a 13% increase in posts advertised and a 7% rise in numbers recruited.

At higher specialty training level - doctors who have been graduated for four to five years - there was an 11% increase in posts advertised and an 18% rise in numbers recruited.

Health Secretary Shona Robison welcomed the figures and said they showed the continuing popularity of Scotland’s NHS as a destination for world-class medical training.

Robison said: “Scotland has long had a strong record of delivering high quality medical training, as well as fantastic academic research and development opportunities.

“As a Government we continue to maintain strong, positive relationships with the profession and enjoy a collaborative working relationship. Junior doctors are valued members of our healthcare team and are integral to our continuing drive to improve care in the NHS.

“These figures show increasing numbers of junior doctors are choosing Scotland’s NHS as the place to begin their careers, and it is extremely welcome to see that more training posts have been filled this year.

“However, there do still remain challenges in attracting interest to particular specialties – chiefly GP and mental health specialties.


 

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