According to NHS figures, more than 90 per cent of the medical training posts advertised in Scotland last year have been completed.
NHS Education for Scotland data showed that in 2019, only 89 out of 1,131 positions (8%) were not taken.
Although the number of posts available has dropped every year since 2016, the filled percentage and the number of trainees are at a high of five years.
There were 37 medical specialities where they took every place.
The figures show that there has been a 21 per cent increase in the number of people applying for specialization in general practice, with 325 posts filled out of the 340 posted-33 more than in 2018.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “I am pleased that Scotland’s frontline healthcare will see the highest number of trainee GPs in the post since 2015. ‘ This continues to reflect the reputation of Scotland as a country with a first-class medical education system with flexible training opportunities for our junior physicians. ‘ She added: ‘ It is particularly encouraging to see more GP trainee posts fille.’
She said that by 2020/21 the number of undergraduate places would rise by 22%.
Prof. Rowan Parks, NHS Training for Scotland’s medical director, said: “This is a great tribute to the hard work of consultants and general practitioners across Scotland, who strive to guarantee that doctor education here has a great experience and the best training possible.”We applaud this year’s continued improvement in filling rates of teaching positions across Scotland.
“There are many obstacles, but all concerned are working hard to ensure that Scotland’s junior doctors have the most desirable and highest quality training environment.”
In August, Audit Scotland’s public spending watchdog said plans to increase the number of GPs facing “significant challenges.”
Audit Scotland said the government will struggle over the next decade to fulfil its commitment to recruiting an additional 800 family doctors.