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Sturgeon to doctors: 'Come to train in Scotland'

Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish Government would welcome junior doctors. Credit: ITV News

Nicola Sturgeon has told ITV News Scotland is a "great place to train", amid anger from junior doctors in England over a contract being imposed by the UK government.

Speaking to ITV News Scotland Correspondent Peter Smith, the Scottish First Minister said: "The Scottish Government has taken the position that we don't want to impose a new contract on junior doctors, we want to work with junior doctors.

"It's not for me to pass comment on the actions of another government, but I much prefer an approach to the health service that is collaborative and working together with health professionals."

She referenced a recent campaign launched in Scotland to attract trainees, adding: "We have got an ambition for the future of health and social care services - come and be part of it."

'Doctors will leave the NHS,' Jeremy Hunt warned

A junior doctor has told ITV News "doctors will leave the NHS" after the government announced it would impose new contracts on them.

Dr Reena Aggarwal, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, said she knew of people that were planning not to enter specialist training as a result of the current row.

She added that making the same number of junior doctors work Saturdays and Sundays would "stretch the workforce from Monday to Friday".

Dr Aggarwal also claimed that junior doctors would also have to work more for less, which she said was "not safe for patients".

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