12th February 2017
Maybe two of these four reports had some passing, perhaps grudging, attention in the mainstream media at the time but we need to be reminded of them to maintain confidence in the best NHS in the UK and beyond.
More GPs recruited for hard-to-fill posts
We hear regularly of a coming crisis in GP recruitment especially in remote and rural areas. But on 17-October-2016, there was reassuring news when NHS Scotland announced:
‘Results from the latest GP trainee recruitment round show that 15 junior doctors have been recruited to ‘hard-to-fill’ posts, out of a total of 37 trainees altogether. This year, a total of 276 new trainee GPs have taken up or accepted a post in Scotland – a 15 per cent increase on 2015.’
Scottish Government funding supports refugee doctors to re-train to work in NHS Scotland.
This more recent (8.2.17) story in particular warmed me. Last time I looked, Scotland with less than 10% of the UK population had taken 40% of the Syrian refugees. Again just the facts from NHS untainted with media or political grudge:
‘Trained doctors who have come to Scotland as refugees are to be given support to re-enter the medical profession in Scotland via a project run by the Bridges Programmes in partnership with the BMA and NHS Education for Scotland, and Clyde College and the City of Glasgow College. Funded by £161,692 from the Scottish Government, the New Refugee Doctors Project is unique in the UK in supporting medically trained and qualified refugees to achieve medical registration and contribute their skills to NHS Scotland, as well as offering a long-term package of support. The funding will help suitably qualified refugees access training, language support and professional mentoring to help them meet the standards for professional registration with the General Medical Council and practise medicine here in Scotland. As part of the funding, the doctors have committed to working for NHS Scotland.’
It’s difficult to see why they would train in Scotland then want to move and work in the now only ‘so-called’ NHS England
NHS dentist numbers get the all-clear
This one from 3rd October 2017 has two unusual phrases for such announcements. Can you spot them?
‘Scotland’s increasing demand for NHS dental services are expected to be more than matched by an increase in the number of dentists, according to latest projections. While the aging population and people generally visiting the dentist more should increase demand over the next decade, this is expected to be outweighed by dentists entering or re-entering NHS practice.’
‘More than matched?’ ‘Outweighed?’ What’s going on here? Have we trained too many dentists ‘in the teeth of the harsh winds of Tory austerity?’ Will the surplus have to re-train as something else? Suggestions?
‘No reason’ for an independent Scotland not to be accepted into EU, says European Commission representative
This came up in the Google list after one of my pretty basic search terms ‘good news Scotland’. It also found a list of obituaries. I didn’t look. People’s deaths’ mostly, shouldn’t be considered ‘good news’ by one of those notorious algorithms. This Independent newspaper report on the 11th February 2017 quoted Jacqueline Minor, the European Commission’s head of representation in the UK, speaking on GMS, saying:
‘The country would already be aligned with the EU requirements and that is it would be starting from a different point that any other countries applying for the EU membership process. Speaking on BBC’s Good Mourning Scotland radio show, Ms Minor was asked whether an independent Scotland would be able to enter the EU.’
I don’t know who asked the question but I bet they had a face like fizz when they heard this:
‘I think, had Scotland achieved independence, there would be no reason why it would not be accepted into the normal accession process,’ she said. Although Ms Minor did not say that an independent Scotland would have priority in gaining EU membership, she hinted the process could be made easier.’
I did a bit of in-depth research into GMS, in 2014. Such was the trauma, I haven’t listened since.
Don’t forget what I said in: