Following reports that more than a quarter of training jobs for GPs and specialists have been left unfilled for this academic year, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has called on the Scottish Government to take action to prevent further GP shortages in the Northern Isles.
Earlier this year, Tavish urged the Health Secretary to consider introducing a rural placement for junior doctors to ensure smaller GP practices in remote communities remain viable.
Commenting on the news that more than 200 posts across Scotland remain vacant, Tavish said:
“The crisis facing the NHS in Shetland looks set to only get worse. Today’s junior doctors are choosing not to go down the general practice route. That means that the pool of tomorrow’s GPs is getting smaller and smaller. For island communities that could be disastrous.
“Ministers need to take decisive action to address this shortfall and ease the pressure facing island health boards. I firmly believe that offering a rural placement to doctors who have completed their training will help their careers as well as the prospects of our smaller communities.
“It’s time the Scottish Government took notice of this ticking time-bomb facing healthcare.”