Faced with acute shortage of doctors, Scotland is trying to lure expat general practioners back into the country. A team of NHS Education Scotland will be coming to Perth in mid-March to attend the 2016 Ottawa medical conference and will also meet up with many expat GPs working in the healthcare sector of Australia.
The NHS is offering speedy inductions, short commutes and cheaper house prices and cultural familiarity as the key attractions in its GP package.
“Scotland needs its trained GPs back. With the development of a new GMC contract underway, more investment in General Practice, access to the NHS pension scheme and a health service that is arguably one of the best in the world, there is much to commend working as a General Practitioner in Scotland right now,” said a spokesman.
Noting that Scots medics are in high demand because of their quality education and first class training, the spokesman said the exact number of Scott GPs working in Australia is yet to be ascertained.
Dr. Anthea Lints of NHS Education for Scotland, who is heading the GP returner initiative, said Scotland offers returning GPs a great combination of lifestyle and career opportunity.
The spokesman explained that their interest is not limited to just the GPs. All medics, specialists and healthcare staff keen to choose Scotland as a place to live and work will be welcome.
For freshers there will be a two to four weeks induction program, led by the Health Board. Those GPs with previous NHS experience and working at clinical posts in the UK, Australia, New Zealand or Canada will have no entry assessment, reports Expat Forum.
Meanwhile, some expat GPs said Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is beset with many problems and they need to be fixed before luring expat GPs back home.
Dr. Edwin Kruys, Chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Queensland said many systemic issues within the NHS are holding back many doctors from returning home, reports Government News.