Doctors welcome turnaround in Wales GP training places

The Royal College of GPs in Wales welcomed the move. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Doctors have welcomed a turnaround over GP training places in Wales.

As ITV Wales reported last week, there were calls for urgent clarity on the number of places available - particularly in Bangor - after it was reported that jobs once advertised had been un-advertised.

Just under a week later, however, jobs in Bangor are now being advertised once more. It means prospective GPs who had their hopes dashed of working in Wales, can now apply.

The Royal College of GPs in Wales welcomed the move.

“The availability of these GP training posts in Bangor is great news. The College is aware of Junior Doctors already poised to take these positions and we are delighted that the Welsh Government and the Deanery have listened to our concerns and taken such swift action.

It shows the success of the recent recruitment campaign and the hard work of doctors, the deanery and WG in promoting Wales that there has been such interest in these posts.”

– Royal College of GPs Spokesperson

Dr Linda Dykes, director of Bangor Clinical Fellow scheme, said she is "delighted to hear the situation has been rectified."

The Welsh Government said it has been working with the Wales Deanery - which is in charge of doctor recruitment.

They said,"We have been working with the Wales Deanery to determine the number of GP Training posts that should advertised for February 2018. These posts have now been advertised. This demonstrates our commitment to working with our partners to ensure communities across Wales can access GP and other primary care services."

“The Wales Deanery had a meeting with Welsh Government officials on Tuesday 8 August in order to clarify the situation over vacancies for a February 2018 start.

We are pleased to now be able to advertise 28 vacancies including Bangor”.

– Professor Malcolm Lewis, Wales deanery