The Scottish Government has announced that 105 more foundation training posts will be in place by 2022. The first 51 additional posts will be available in 2021.
Scotland has been increasing medical undergraduate places since 2016, with the number of these student posts set to rise by 190 by 2021. The new training places will accommodate the first of these 190 graduates.
The additional foundation posts will create a greater range of placements, particularly in general practice, psychiatry, and in remote or rural parts of Scotland.
There are currently around 7,500 foundation trainees in the UK, with around 1,700 foundation trainees in Scotland.
During a visit to meet doctors at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “With a programme that is 99 per cent full, our foundation training is a testament to the popularity of Scotland as a training destination and the high-quality education we offer.
“With the offer of an exceptional quality of life for young doctors in Scotland, I am committed to providing attractive training and career prospects to ensure as many medical graduates [as possible] from Scottish medical schools stay in Scotland to train, progress and realise their career ambitions,” she said.