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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21361: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many student GP places there have been in each year since 2007.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 19 February 2019

Undergraduate medical places are not decided by or allocated for particular specialties. Over their degree, medical students will gain through theory and practical experience the basic skills and competencies required to practice medicine, but deciding on specialty career follows after graduation. Through our new graduate entry programme, we are increasing the time students spend in primary and community-based services.

The information requested is not held in the format sought. The data for those entering GP specialty training is partially available from NHS Education for Scotland (NES) from 2009 onwards as follows :

YEAR

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

GPST level 1 Posts Advertised

393

350

296

302

305

306

305

444

430

347

Number accepting Places

356

349

268

290

280

269

239

286

318

292

% Places Filled

91

99

91

96

92

88

78

64

74

84

NB 1. These are acceptances and some trainees may have withdrawn before starting

2. These applicants are doctors at various stages of their careers

There are several routes enabling Doctors to enter GP specialty training (GPST). Some do so after finishing their second year of Foundation training, some may apply for GPST posts after taking a career break, some may be quite senior and have changed specialty to apply for GPST.