Date lodged: 12 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how much the NHS has spent on international recruitment in each of the last five years.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 28 February 2019
NHS Scotland health boards have fully delegated powers in relation to employment issues and as such, boards have the freedom to determine all matters in relation to recruitment and retention. The Scottish Government works closely with Boards with recruitment efforts. We are investing over £4 million in domestic and international recruitment and retention activity over the next three years to support health boards in their efforts to recruit and retain the brightest talent from across the globe. This includes £450,000 allocated in this financial year (2018-19) to support the establishment of a dedicated international recruitment service. The International Recruitment Unit is now live and has been created to improve NHS Scotland’s resilience to target speciality areas that have been identified as at risk from EU withdrawal, alongside where there are currently recruitment challenges.