New efforts to recruit doctors, nurses and specialist health
staff from across the world will launch later this year.
Following the relaxation of UK visa rules, the Scottish
Government will expand its activity to attract overseas medical and
nursing staff who can bring their expertise and skills to work in
health and care services.
It will build upon recruitment campaigns already being developed
for nursing, midwifery, social care and GPs.
Health Secretary Shona Robison made the announcement at the
annual NHS Scotland Event in Glasgow today.
Ms Robison said:
"Scotland's NHS benefits enormously from the contribution made
by staff from outside Scotland.
"We know there are issues with vacancies across Scotland. The
current system of free movement allows skilled, experienced health
professionals from across the EU to work in our NHS, filling
vacancies in hard to recruit specialisms or in parts of the country
with staffing challenges.
"Brexit is already impacting on this, so we are taking action
now to try and mitigate against the damage from Brexit on our
health and care workforce. Our message to our staff from the EU is
simple - we value our contribution to our NHS and our nation, and
we want you to stay.
"It is welcome that the UK Government has finally listened to
our repeated calls to relax the visa regulations for vital, highly
skilled international medical and nursing staff.
"We have already committed to recruitment campaigns for nursing,
midwifery, social care and GPs this year. So we will now expand
international recruitment activity further and focus on specialties
and professional groups which have recruitment challenges and are
particularly vulnerable to the impacts of EU withdrawal."
Source - Scottish Government Website