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Overseas doctors welcome in Scotland

Published: 4 Oct 2016 15:15

Health Secretary condemns UK Government’s “short-sighted” approach

Scotland's Health Secretary, Shona Robison, has today said that doctors from abroad will be welcome to train and work in the NHS north of the border.

Ms Robison condemned comments from the UK Government this morning that overseas doctors will only be able to stay in the NHS until they are replaced by UK doctors.

Ms Robison said: "These are irresponsible comments that will hamper NHS efforts to recruit doctors to vacancies and training places now – and that in turn could have a real impact on patient care.

"As such, the UK Government's position is short-sighted in the extreme.

"Medical professionals from outside this country have played a vital and valued part in our NHS for decades, and continue to do so, and their contribution should not be dismissed in this way.

"In Scotland we want the best and the brightest from around the world to stay, build their careers here and contribute to the economy and our society.

"Of course it is also very important to invest in our workforce at home too. That is why we have already announced an additional 50 medical student places in Scottish Universities from August 2016, and a new Graduate Entry Medical programme with up to 40 places available.

"Our young doctors want good quality, attractive training places which offer rewarding experiences and flexible working.

"But it has also long been a common practice that young doctors go abroad to experience the different opportunities and challenges of health services across the world – we shouldn't deprive them of these experiences, because the UK Government's actions also risk shutting down such opportunities for our own young medics."