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Government fails to recruit GPs under multi-million pound scheme

The project was launched two years ago Photo: ITV Border

A multi-million pound government scheme to hire more GPs in Dumfries and Galloway has failed to attract any new doctors.

The project was launched two years ago to combat a predicted shortfall of over 800 GPs in the coming years.

It has been revealed that the GP Recruitment and Retention Programme has only secured 18 new doctors nationally.

The information was published after a parliamentary question by shadow health secretary Miles Briggs.

Ministers announced the £2.5million funding in 2015, which was aimed to attract more family doctors to deprived areas.