Critical work to improve the training of doctors at NHS Grampian is to be undertaken after a report found it to be an “unpopular place” for young medics.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) said that NHS Grampian was “clearly struggling” to deliver basic management of career grade and trainee medical staff.
The failure to address various staffing issues, including training, had resulted in doctors leaving Aberdeen, a HIS report said this week.
Interim chief executive Malcolm Wright said improvements in training were essential to retain in NHS Grampian the GPs and consultants of the future.
Mr Wright claimed that Aberdeen Royal Infirmary was the “first place” that many people wanted to work day-in and day-out.
However, Mr Wright added: “We have to put an absolute priority on training experience of doctors
“Having doctors in training, training them through so they want to apply for GP and consultant posts in NHS Grampian is absolutely critical.
“We must ensure that the consultants have got time to deliver good educational supervision and clinical supervision so when the General MEdical Council survey them every year, they are able to say properly that ‘this is a really good place to work’.”
NHS Grampian said a recent staff survey found that 76% of NHS Grampian employees ranked their working experience as good, very good or excellent.
The General Medical Council said that standard of training of doctors at NHS Grampian remained a key issue for the organisation.