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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03118: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason no places have been allocated for newly trained GPs under its golden hello scheme to NHS Shetland, Orkney and Highland.

Answered by: Shona Robison 6 October 2016

In August 2016 Scottish Government advertised 100 new GPST (GP Specialty Training) posts which are additional to current training posts located around Scotland.

Over a third of the 100 new posts have a recruitment bonus to attract trainees into areas that have previously been difficult to recruit to. Five of the new GPST posts have been advertised in the North region for a February 2017 start date - 2 in Caledonian (mainly covering NHS Highland) and 3 in Grampian, all five attract a bursary.

The exact detail of the location (rotations) of the 2 Caledonian posts is still being planned by the North Region Deanery and the Board. The distribution of rotations is determined locally by training capacity in practices and the availability of posts in hospitals and their ability to deliver the GP curricular requirements.