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I welcome the announcement by the Scottish Government that new undergraduate university courses are to be funded with the focus on encouraging more students to become General Practitioners.

The Scottish Government will fund 85 additional places at the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The new courses will focus on general practice, supporting the Scottish Government’s aim to increase the number of GPs by at least 800 over the next decade. A new route for experienced healthcare professionals to enter medicine will also be introduced.

Between 2015-6 and 2020-21, the Scottish Government will have increased the number of medical places in Scottish universities to a record 1038 - a rise of 22%.

In Clydesdale, we know the challenges facing rural communities with retaining GPs locally. I am pleased therefore to see innovative action being taken by the Scottish Government to promote general practice as a long-term career for young doctors.

I am particularly pleased that the courses will include enhanced GP placements in deprived and rural settings. The new GP contracts will help make general practice a more attractive career by cutting workloads and will look to give doctors more time with their patients.

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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