From the Scottish Government today and being covered, if not exactly headlined, by Reporting Scotland:
Rise in number of people training to be GPs.
Latest recruitment figures show that 92% of all medical training posts advertised in Scotland in 2019 are filled – the highest level for five years.
Data published by NHS Education for Scotland shows that clinical radiology and medical oncology have 100% fill rates, both of which will support the Waiting Times Improvement Plan. They are two of 37 medical specialties in which every place is taken – last year that figure was 29.
The number of people applying to specialise in General Practice has increased with 325 posts filled from the 340 advertised – 33 more than in 2018. In GP training posts which were previously seen as “hard to fill” and are eligible for the £20,000 Scottish Government bursary, the number of applications has risen 21%.
I can’t find current figures, but in 2017, in NHS England:
- Nearly three quarters of all medical specialties had unfilled training posts in 2016;
- Dozens of specialties face recruitment shortfalls year on year;
- The number of applications to UK (sic) medical schools has decreased for the third year in a row and by more than 13 per cent since 2013;
- Applications to the foundation programme (the first year of doctors’ training following medical school) are decreasing, with 2016 having the lowest number of applicants in recent years;
- Applications to specialty training are in decline;
- Fewer trainees are moving directly in specialty training and instead choosing to take a career break.