1. ITV Report

Increase in filled GP training places following campaign

There's been an increase in filled GP training places following the launch of a Welsh Government campaign.

There's been a 16% increase in the number of GP training places filled compared to last year. Credit: PA

Compared to last years' figures there's been a 16% increase in the number of GP training places filled, with Wales' Health Secretary Vaughn Gething calling the rise "something to celebrate."

Following the introduction of a financial incentive scheme in targeted areas of Wales, first round recruitment has already resulted in 100% fill rates in the Pembrokeshire, North Wales East and North Wales West GP training schemes.

Following re-advertising, the Welsh Government say it's confident fill rates for the Ceredigion and North Wales Central scheme will also improve.

We made a commitment in our Programme for Government to continue to invest in primary care and to take action to attract and train more GPs, nurses and other health professionals to Wales.

To support this, in October we launched a major new campaign to promote Wales as an excellent place for doctors, including GPs, and their families, to train, work and live.

The results from the Wales Deanery speak for themselves, the campaign has been a success and this is something to celebrate.

But this is not the end of the process for this year. Places for 2017 are being re-advertised and when that process concludes in May I am confident that we will achieve an even higher fill rate.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary