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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP


Health Secretary Humza Yousaf MSP has announced that more medical training posts have been filled in Scotland in 2022 than in any other year since records began.

Latest recruitment figures show 1,073 posts for doctors in training were filled successfully – 93% of the 1,155 advertised.

The Health Secretary further said that while there is always room for improvement the results of this year’s recruitment process continue to show that Scotland is a highly desirable place to live, learn and work as a trainee doctor.

Figures also showed that the majority of specialties were 100% filled including Core Psychiatry, Clinical Radiology and Core Surgical Training. General Practice training places saw 99% filled successfully.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said

“Many NHS services are currently under extreme pressure, partly due to post-Brexit difficulties with attracting healthcare staff and UK Tory pension changes which caused a huge number of retirements in recent years.

“The 2022 recruitment figures reflect the strong reputation Scottish medical education and training has among doctors beginning their careers as General Practitioners or Hospital Specialists.

“Of course, Scotland already has the most GPs per-head, at 94 per 100,000 people. In Tory England, it’s just 76 – and only 71 in Labour-run Wales.”


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