Scotland 'heading for an over-supply of doctors'

Scotland is going to have too many doctors for the number of posts, according to Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon at the Annual Representatives' Meeting (ARM).

In answer to a question about whether the Scottish government planned to increase or decrease the number of medical school places, Ms Sturgeon said at the Edinburgh event yesterday that the issue would be debated.

‘Training numbers have been relatively stable with only slight variations at different medical schools.

‘Workforce planning assumptions would suggest that we’re going into a period of oversupply and we need to look at that very closely,’ said Ms Sturgeon.

She added that it was in nobody’s interest for doctor numbers to be out of synch with need.

Ian Noble, chairman of the BMA’s medical students’ committee, said that Scotland produced 50 – 100 new medical graduates every year who were unable to find posts and were forced to go to England.

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