Pay student doctors to stay in Wales - Plaid

Plaid Cymru is to call for 'golden hellos' to try to solve a looming recruitment crisis in the Welsh health service. In a debate to be held tomorrow the party will propose a system of financial incentives to encourage student doctors to fill GP vacancies and in some specialisms.

The party's deputy leader, Elin Jones, says that 40% of GPs in the South Wales Valleys are expected to retire over the next decade. And she says health chiefs also acknowledge recruitment problems in specialisms such as paediatrics.

She's highlighting a scheme in New Zealand where trainee doctors who take up posts in hard-to-recruit areas or specialisms get some of their student loan paid off. She agrees it would appeal to students paying higher tuition fees at English universities but denies that any scheme would target them.