Nicola Sturgeon announces rise in GP training

Nicola Sturgeon was named Scotland's Politician of the Year for a record fourth time. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Nicola Sturgeon was named Scotland's Politician of the Year for a record fourth time. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

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TRAINING posts for GPs are to rise by a third next year, going from 300 to 400, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The First Minister said the rise was “partly to meet a growing demand for services” and also because more GPs are opting to work part-time instead of full-time.

Specialist GP training posts are open to those who have done at least seven years of medical school as well as foundation training.

The Scottish Government hopes the move will result in a “more sustainable” GP workforce by 2019.

Ms Sturgeon also confirmed a scheme that encourages former GPs back into work is to be expanded.

She said: “The change will take place next year, meaning that from 2019 onwards, we will begin to see additional GPs in the community.”

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