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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01999: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to its news release of 20 August 2016, Drive to recruit GP trainees, how (a) much it will spend in and (b) many training places will be available to each constituency in the Highlands and Islands, and when the project will end.

Answered by: Shona Robison 13 September 2016

The 100 GPST (GP Specialty Training) posts are additional to current training posts located around Scotland, substantially increasing the overall number of GPST posts that will be advertised in subsequent years. Funding of GPST posts (e.g. salaries, Trainers’ grants etc.) is shared between NHS Education for Scotland and the health boards where they are placed, and such costs are met from the funding allocations for each board.

The Scottish Government has committed to fund all new GPST posts that fill from February 2017, including those that are eligible for the £20,000 bursary. The exact spend will only be known once the recruitment round, being managed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES), is complete.

Five of the new GPST posts have been advertised in The North region for a February 2017 start date - three in Grampian and two in Caledonian (mainly covering NHS Highland) and all five attract a bursary.

In parallel with establishing these new GPST posts, NES will work with Scotland’s health boards to review the current four year GPST posts to make them more attractive.

The end date of this recruitment initiative is when trainees take up their new posts, i.e. the project end will depend on the recruitment fill rate.