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GPSI programme boosts medical recruitment in Scotland

The GPSI scheme was introduced by the local medical committee in Ayrshire to increase recruitment of new GPs by offering protected time to work in a special interest area.

The programme has now exceeded expectations such that GP leaders are revising its model for the future.

Secretary of Ayrshire and Arran LMC, Dr Chris Black, said: “The challenge now is putting together a sustainable funding model and ensuring there is the right mix of specialities.”

This is a positive outcome for the Scottish Government given the recent push to find a solution to the GP workforce shortage in the country.

The latest figures in Ayrshire show an overall increase in recruitment of GPs, but Dr Black remains cautious.

He said: “As an LMC we are very keen to promote see Ayrshire as a place to live and work and at the last meeting, we heard that on the new joiners list there are 10 additional salaried or partner GPs in the area – that is in addition to the GPSI positions.

“We don’t know how much that is down to the campaign, but it has probably been a factor.”

The latest strategy in England to attract GPs is to provide a streamlined recruitment process including an £18,000 relocation package for GPs wishing to enter the UK from Australia.

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