Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed new figures released which show more medical training posts have been accepted at this stage of the recruitment year than ever before – exceeding last year’s record by 100 posts.
NHS Education for Scotland data as of 25 July 2023 shows that 1,061 posts have been filled so far this year from 1,137 advertised.
This includes 100% fill rates at entry level in General Practice, Psychiatry, Anaesthetics, Radiology and Emergency Medicine.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“I have met with several GP Practices in Gordon Constituency this year and also heard from constituents who have expressed frustration at being able to access GP services. GPs are working under immense pressure with a huge increase in patient appointments compared with pre-pandemic figures.
“These new figures are therefore very encouraging indeed and demonstrate the seriousness with which the situation is being regarded by the NHS and by the Scottish Government. These trainee doctors will take up their posts later this month with another recruitment round being held before the end of the year for those taking up post in February 2024.”
Minister for Public Health Jenni Minto MSP said:
“I am delighted to see that Scotland continues to be recognised as a highly desirable place both to live and pursue a career in medicine. This is testament to our world-class medical education and training system as well as those working hard to prepare the next generation of doctors who will look after us in the future.
“These results show that NHS Scotland continues to grow accordingly to meet the needs of its patients and I look forward to welcoming these new doctors into the health service.”
NHS Education for Scotland Medical Director Dr Emma Watson said:
“As of today [25 July], 93% of posts advertised for August 2023 start dates in Scotland are filled.
“Many programmes have filled at 100% and in programmes which have not filled, we are working to understand why. There has also been a significant expansion of training posts across Scotland, particularly in General Practice which has a current fill rate of 100%.”