More should be done to recruit GPs to rural areas, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
Last August, the Scottish Government announced 100 additional training posts in a bid to boost numbers in “hard to fill” posts in rural areas.
New Holyrood figures show that of the 37 GPs who have been given £20,000 “golden hello” payments for taking up those posts, three are in the NHS Grampian area.
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Conservative MP Andrew Bowie called this figure “paltry” and added the scope of opportunity shows a lack of imagination.
He said: “Money alone won’t solve the shortage, but a one-off payment to defray higher living costs might sweeten the pot for young doctors just starting out.”
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “General practice is the heart of our NHS, and is becoming ever more important as we build the community health service of the future.
“We are also investing in the future of the profession – developing new ways of working with multi-disciplinary teams and refocusing the role of the GP as the expert medical generalist within our community health service.”