Welcome for GP recruitment success

Dawn Bowden AM has welcomed the success of the Welsh Government’s GP training recruitment campaign. Dawn said

“As a former trade union official in the health service, and now as a member of the Assembly’s Health and Social Services Committee I know of the significant pressures we face to recruit new and qualified staff. So following the conclusion of all three rounds of recruitment in 2017, I am pleased that the Wales Deanery has confirmed the appointment of 144 GP training places, surpassing the 136 places available. This compares to 121 places that were filled in 2016 – an increase of 19%.”

It follows the launch of an international and UK-wide campaign to promote Wales as an excellent place for doctors – including GPs – to train, work and live.

The campaign includes two financial incentives schemes: a targeted scheme offering a £20,000 incentive to GP trainees taking up posts in specified areas with a trend of low fill rates, and a universal scheme offering a one off payment for all GP trainees to cover the cost of one sitting of their final examinations.

Dawn added “There are no quick fix solutions for all the challenges faced by our Welsh NHS but the Train Work Live campaign is some good news we can all welcome. I also welcome the decision to extend the campaign as we try to increase the numbers and capacity of the system”.


Dawn on a recent visit in Rhymney with Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething