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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

SNP Government invests £32 million in 139 Additional Trainee Doctors

The SNP Government has committed £32 million to create a further 139 trainee doctor posts to support services under greatest pressure during the ongoing recovery from COVID-19.

The majority of successful applicants will start from Autumn 2022 in medical specialties including cancer, psychiatry, anaesthetics, intensive care, public health and respiratory medicine. However, the new funding will provide core psychiatry training places with a start date of February 2022.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“Trainee doctors are not only indispensable for our NHS workforce in the future, they also make up 44% of all doctors in Scotland and as such, are hugely valuable from the day they start.

“The SNP Government recognises this and as such, 574 additional trainee posts have been created in a wide range of specialties and General Practice since 2014. The 139 posts being created for 2022 is almost double the 74 created in 2021.

“Having additional trainee doctors will make a real difference as we plan ahead to build long term resilience. The extra posts in Psychiatry, the first of which will start in February, will also provide vital support to the delivery of mental health services. Across North Ayrshire and Scotland.”

NHS Education Scotland (NES) Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Professor Stewart Irvine said:

“We very much welcome this announcement of additional postgraduate training posts across a wide range of medical specialties for 2022 recruitment.

“NES will continue to develop our programmes to ensure that we offer the best possible training for those who choose to pursue their medical career in Scotland and to support our future NHS workforce needs.”

Trainee doctors make up 44% of all doctors in Scotland, with 6005.9 WTE (whole time equivalent) trainees currently in post. Funding covers from this financial year through to 2025/2026.



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