Scotland’s NHS is recruiting retired doctors to fill gaps in its workforce, particularly that which caters to rural areas.

The recruitment drive is being held in conjunction with the Scottish Clinicians Collaborative, supported by the Scottish Government and the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

The aim of the initiative is to encourage retired doctors to return to the workforce in a part-time capacity to help with low staff levels.

SNP Health secretary Jeane Freeman said: “We are experiencing a period of unprecedented change and medical education must adapt and evolve to meet the expectations of our healthcare services.

“Our health service benefits if we can retain the expertise and skills of our most experienced doctors and health professionals.

“We are committed to high quality care in our rural communities.

“These highly experienced clinicians have told us that they would welcome the opportunity to maintain their clinical interests in more flexible ways, making them ideally suited to working in rural environments.”

A retired consultant surgeon, Robert Diament, commented: “This joint venture is an opportunity for senior consultants from across the country to come together and provide specialist services wherever and whenever they are required.

"This support is required in some of Scotland's more remote communities where the sustainability of specialist hospital services is particularly challenging.”

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