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'Dr Finlay' image of rural GP hampers recruitment

An outdated perception of the life of a rural GP is discouraging doctors from applying for jobs in Scotland, according to medical recruiters.

Jo Hood, head of UK recruitment for the Edinburgh-based consultancy Head Medical, told the Scotsman newspaper that many people still had the image of ‘Dr Finlay’s Casebook’ in mind when thinking about a doctor’s role in Scotland.

The TV drama series, which was broadcast between 1962-1971, was based on a novella called ‘Country Doctor’.

‘The idea that the modern country doctor in Scotland is anything like Dr Finlay’s Casebook is still a bit of a problem,’ said Ms Hood.

Head Medical recently launched a new department to help English, Scandinavian, Dutch and other European doctors relocate to Scotland.

Ms Hood’s comments come as the recruitment crisis in Scotland appears to be intensifying.

Figures suggest that practices are being forced to stop taking on new patients across Scotland due to the GP shortage, including around a third of practices in Lothian.






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  • I do not agree with the Jo Hood's opinion that Dr.Finlay perception is the reason for recruitment crisis in rural areas. I have and still work in rural areas.
    Recruitment agencies can do a survey or contact me. I will give a list of reasons why doctors do not want to work in rural areas. It applies to rural areas on a global scale, not only in Scotland. Rural Scotland is a lot better than other rural areas world wide.

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  • who is Dr Finlay? does anyone under 40 know him?

    how about the fact that being a GP now is a **** job everywhere but at least if you live near a decent location you can escape your job for a few hours and see friends and family?

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