Herald and Royal Academy misleading the public on doctor training

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In the Herald today:

‘MEDICAL schools in Scotland must increase their overall intakes and ensure a much greater share of places go to Scottish students, doctors’ leaders have said. A report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland (AMRCFS) said it was vital to stem a growing workforce crisis and limit a post-graduate brain drain.’

That’s a mighty fine title the AMRCFS have. Makes you feel small and unable to question them don’t it boy? The Scottish Academy Chairman is London-based Professor Derek Bell OBE. As for the basis for their claims, I haven’t read their report. I’m tired of reading the usual unscientific, partisan report, based on an unreliable, self-selecting, sample using leading questions, again if at all. The numerous royal colleges have yet to produce anything like reliable research. They’re just fancy trade unions, and their claims are merely ill-informed rumours. Here are some facts:

SNP Government acts to increase new doctor supply by 22%

June 24, 2019

Thanks to a parliamentary question from Miles Briggs MSP, we can reveal that the number of funded medical places is to be increased from 848 in 2015 to 1 038 by 2021.


This comes after news revealing that Scotland already has 92 GPs per 100 000 population while England has only 73 or 25% less!

Already better-staffed NHS Scotland doctor training meeting recruitment targets

From the Scottish Government in July 2019:

Latest recruitment figures show that 89% of all medical training posts in Scotland are currently filled – the highest level for five years at this stage in recruitment. Foundation training places – for the two years post-medical school – are currently 99% full. The speciality areas of clinical radiology, paediatrics and general surgery show 100% fill rates.  In core psychiatry, 41 of the 57 posts advertised have been filled – a rate of 72%. The Scottish Government is working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, health boards and medical schools to ensure this rate continues to improve.

Greater share of Scottish students

To retain more doctors in NHS Scotland in the long term the SG plans to increase the number of Scots dom/EU medical students by 100 and decrease the number from the rest UK by the same, to retain an estimated 36 extra doctors per year within specialty training.


But the Dim Lebs and the Herald tell the SG it’s wrong to do so



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New fun for researcher as qualified doctor staffing is up almost 20% under SNP!

Six consecutive years of NHS Scotland staffing growth

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

One thought on “Herald and Royal Academy misleading the public on doctor training

  1. I read the article in the Herald today and thought, ‘wait a minute the SG have already done all of that’s. Something you would only find out if you read all the way to the end of the article where they quote a Scottish Government spokesman who said much the same as you did in your article.

    There is one point that was omitted though and that was the need to increase the number of training places at Foundation level. This is done on a UK wide basis. As well as the SG increasing the number of places for medical undergraduates a number of medical schools down south have also increased the number of places available for medical undergraduates. However, they voiced concerns that the authorities were not increasing the number of training places in hospitals for newly graduated medics. If they cannot get a training place then they cannot get GMC registration. In the first year post-grad the registration is limited, that is, it limits what sort of procedures they can do etc. As your figures above demonstrate the number of training places available at the moment in Scotland have a high fill rate with the current number of post-grad medics. Increasing the number of post-grad medics without increasing the number of training places for them in the first 2 years post-grad would nullify the attempt to increase the number of qualified doctors and that is before you start on the Specialist Training places required once the Foundation years are completed.

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