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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-34270
Asked by: Lewis Macdonald, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 23 December 2020

Question

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will adjust internal medical training allocations to ensure that the North of Scotland NHS region receives its 15% allocation of higher specialty training places.

Current status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 20 January 2021


Answer

The allocation of Internal Medicine Training posts in the North of Scotland currently stands at 14.8%. The precise allocation of specialty training posts into training programmes also depends on the capacity to both deliver such training and provide appropriate senior supervision for these trainees. These are operational matters for NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to agree with Boards concerned, and NES is currently managing the distribution of additional IMT posts in line with the introduction of a third year to the revised IMT programme. Further information on this distribution will be available over the coming weeks, however the North of Scotland is expected to receive an allocation in line with its agreed national distribution.