Both the number of training junior doctors to become GPs and the percentage of filling speciality training posts have increased, showing new figures.
Recruitment figures from the NHS reveal that 92% of all medical training posts advertised in Scotland last year have been filled out.
According to information from the NHS Training for Scotland, only 89 of the 1,131 medical training posts advertised in Scotland in 2019 have not been taken up.
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.
37 medical specialities took every spot, up from last year’s 29.
The figures show that there has been a 21% increase in the number of people applying for training in general practice, with 325 positions filled out of the 340 available-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 post since 2015.” This helps to represent the image of Scotland as a nation with a first-class medical education system that offers our junior doctors innovative training opportunities.
“Thanks to our GP Specialty Training Bursary, it is particularly encouraging to see more GP trainee positions filled in previously difficult locations.” We recognize that there are still ongoing challenges when it comes to recruiting certain medical and geographical specialities, and we continue to address these issues.
“That’s why we’re going to increase the number of undergrad places by 22% by 2020/21 and also increase the number of foundation places by 2021 and 2022.”
Professor Rowan Parks, medical director of NHS Training for Scotland, said: “This is a great tribute to the hard work of consultants and general practitioners across Scotland, who strive to ensure that doctor education here has a great experience and the best training possible.”We applaud this year’s continued improvement in fill rates for teaching posts across Scotland.”