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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-01538: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to attract and retain staff at Dr Gray’s Hospital.

Answered by: Shona Robison 29 November 2017

All NHSScotland Boards are required to undertake workforce planning to ensure we have the correct staff in place to meet the needs of the service. The Scottish Government works closely with Boards and has invested record levels of funding, underpinned by a significant increase in staffing levels of nearly 12, 000 in the last decade.

I met with staff on Monday at Dr Gray’s, where I had the opportunity to hear first-hand about the challenges and opportunities moving forward. I am aware that a number of local initiatives are being tested across the hospital, such as the reinstatement of a 24/7 paediatric service and the introduction of financial incentives offering of full bursaries to General Practitioner Speciality Training Posts. We have also ensured that the annual International Medical Training Fellowship (IMTF) scheme encompasses paediatric posts. Dr Gray’s participates in the scheme as part of the North of Scotland region and has access to IMTF applicants. These initiatives not only address issues of recruitment and retention, but also to promote the longer-term sustainability of services at Dr Gray’s, including a new model of delivering Ophthalmology services.