Extra trainee radiologist and clinical oncologist posts in Scotland

Friday 8 November 2019

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has welcomed today’s Scottish Government announcement of extra placements for radiologists and clinical oncologists in training from 2020.

Officials have promised funding for a total of 70 additional trainee placements to be allocated across shortaged medical specialties, with the extra placements going live in autumn next year.

The Scottish Government has pledged funding for two extra clinical oncology trainees, and 12 clinical radiology trainees, with two of those placements earmarked for interventional radiologists.  

Dr Grant Baxter, Chair of the RCR’s Standing Scottish Committee, said:

“This is great news for many specialties, the Scottish NHS and, in particular, patients.

“Today’s announcement of new trainee posts, which should go a substantial way to bridging the staffing gaps in our two specialties and safeguarding the health of the Scottish people, is very welcome.

“We hope that a programme of further workforce expansion in the future – alongside improvements in equipment and support for all our hard working clinicians – will foster an environment that will both retain our highly trained medical staff and encourage international recruitment to our health service.”

The RCR has been actively lobbying and working with medical training leads in the Scottish Government and has also produced dedicated five-year forecasts for the clinical radiology and clinical oncology workforce in Scotland.