In 2016 the Welsh government offered a £20,000 incentive to junior doctors that trained as GP’s in the areas which have shortages.

The incentive has seen a 16% increase in the number of junior doctors selecting to come to or stay in wales to train to become GP’s.

Recent figures have shown that 84% of an available 136 doctor positions have been filled and over a decade there has been a 7% increase in the number of GP’s who have chosen to work in Wales.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said that the figures “speak for themselves” and show “the campaign has been a success”

Despite the success of this campaign, Rebecca Payne, chair of the Royal College of GP’s said “Wales actually needs to produce 200 new GP’s a year, so it’s clear that we have a long way to go”


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