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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-14777: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on encouraging qualified but non-practicing doctors from overseas who live in Scotland to return to practice.

Answered by: Shona Robison 7 March 2018

Scotland’s health workforce benefits enormously from the contribution made by overseas staff. The Scottish Government has consistently signalled that we need to remain an open and welcoming destination for international medical graduates, both from the EU and further afield.

We support initiatives being led by the service to encourage former practitioners return to practice, alongside activity to promote the appeal of NHS Scotland to fresh international talent. NHS National Education Scotland currently operates a successful GP Returner Programme, for former practitioners who have had a career break of who have been practising abroad. Additionally, the service operates an Enhanced GP Induction Programme for overseas GPs, to facilitate their transition to practise in the UK.