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Not a single applicant for £80k salaried GP position

A Scottish health board has failed to attract a single applicant for a GP role despite offering a salary over £80,000 per year plus a golden hello and a relocation package.

In posting the role, NHS Highland offered a salary ranging from £73,370-£83,617, a golden hello incentive and a relocation package to applicants, but with no applicants it remains in charge of running the practice which it took over at the end of June when Dr Alan Belbin retired.

The health board, which had planned to recruit salaried GPs to be based in Durness but work across different locations including Kinlochbervie and Scourie, told the Herald Scotland that it is ‘considering all options’ and will meet with local community representatives to consider how to move forward.

According to Herald Scotland, this comes despite the ‘scenic’ town of Durness in Sutherland having ‘a beach which is rated one of the best in Scotland’.

Last month a BBC Scotland investigation showed that health boards had to step in to run 42 GP practices and Pulse revealed that practices in the Dumfries and Galloway region are in such a precarious position regarding GP shortages that any unexpected event such as staff illness could lead to a practice failing.

The situation looked set only to worsen as Scottish health boards managed to fill just 240 of the 305 GP training places on offer in this year’s recruitment round.

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  • As has been said we are now seeing General Practice falling apart. Far too much stress in the job, not worth it for the money. Far too much monitoring by everyone. No GP respect from anyone.

    What Doctor would want this for a career?

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  • Depends where you are.For example you'll be lucky to get a job in Edinburgh.Rural areas have always been more difficult to recruit.Nothing to do with a "crisis"

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  • The crisis has started in unpopular areas, but will rapidly spread to more popular ones.

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  • Crisis? What crisis?

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  • Predictable story to everybody apart from the DoH

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    Durness beach with interesting cows

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  • You throw peanuts. you get monkeys. pay them and they will come.......definitely not for 80k. I Think maybe double it and add some and you may get the odd applicant. With indemnity cover thrown in of course.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Gosh! Durness has got a BEACH. Why aren't GPs queuing up in drives to go there? I mean, most of them will have been too busy every to have seen a beach before. Ignore the fact that you will have to wear a survival suit if you want to swim there. And a WHOLE 80k to move to a remote part of the country and work single-handed. Blimey! I expected the health board drones to be killed in the rush.

    Up the money to £120k and MAYBE you will get one or two applicants, you morons!

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  • better off being on benefits

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  • Edinburgh and the surrounding areas are also struggling to recruit.

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