Wales extends £20k golden hello scheme for GP trainees
Published: 16 Oct 2017 By Sofia Lind, Emma Wilkinson
The Welsh Government has announced it is extending its GP trainee golden hello scheme following a successful first year.
Medical school graduates who choose to train as a GP in parts of Wales with longstanding recruitment difficulties will again receive a £20,000 incentive this year.
This comes as Wales was able to achieve a 91% fill rate of GP training places after introducing the scheme last year, including 100% fill rates in certain areas.
Trainees accepting the incentive commit to serving at least one year as a GP in the area upon qualification.
The Welsh Government will also continue to pay a £2,000 bursary towards the GP specialty programme final exams, which also formed part of the 'Live. Train. Work' recruitment campaign launched in 2016.
Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething said: 'I’m proud of the impact this campaign has had so far. It has shown that Wales is not only an excellent place to live but it’s also a great place to train and work. I am sure it will continue to go from strength to strength.'
In Pembrokeshire - one areas targeted by the campaign - uptake in GP training places went from 0% in 2016 to 100% in 2017, the Welsh Government said.
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