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RECRUITMENT remains a ‘considerable challenge’ for NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

Health board members last week discussed the issues facing the region.

A report for the meeting said: “Attracting people to work in health and social care and keeping them, remains a considerable challenge across the Partnership for the statutory, third and independent sectors.

“Within health, the sustainability for a wide range of professions, including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals has been reported as a high risk for the health board.”

Meanwhile, the costs of employing temporary staff to fill the gaps are also high.

A recruitment team has been set up to address vacancies locally and have developed materials highlighting the positive aspects of working in Dumfries and Galloway. They are also focusing on harder to fill posts and improving the experience of new staff starting work locally.

The meeting heard that GP vacancies “remain a challenge within the community setting” and, with many GPs approaching retirement age, that challenge is likely to continue in the future.

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