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'Golden hello' offered to new GPs in Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Government has created 100 new GP training places in Scotland to start in February 2017. They are offering £20,000 incentive payments for junior doctors who takes 37 posts in hard-to-fill locations.

The new scheme of Scottish Government will provide one-off bursary of £20,000 to GP trainees who commit to be trained in posts that have not been filled in recent year. Most of the placements include some isolated rural communities of the Scotland. The government has also launched a recruitment drive to motivate more junior doctors to pursue a career in General Practice in Scotland.

According to Scottish government, the new 100 training places increase the total number of GP specialist training posts announced this year to 439 in Scotland.

NHS Education for Scotland has said that current-training places will be reviewed including the four-year programmes and tries to attract more medical graduates into general practice training.

Shona Robison, Health Secretary of Scotland said General practice is the heart of the National Health Service (NHS) and is becoming more important in Scotland.

She further added that General practice is very important so, they are investing to employee more junior doctors into GP training positions. They have announced 100 extra places to build support for the primary care workforce of the future .

Although they understand that there are some places where recruiting GP was challenging due to their geographical location. So, NHS England Scotland is providing an economic incentive with certain positions to fill those areas.

Besides the training places, NHS Education of Scotland and the Scottish Government has also launched advertisements and a social media promotion to support GP training in Scotland.

On behalf of Scottish Health boards, NHS Education for Scotland is advertising these new places. The application opens from 9 August of 2016 and closes on 25 August.

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