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NHS looks overseas to recruit psychiatrists.

NHS Forth Valley is looking overseas in a bid to recruit two consultant psychiatrists.

Managers believe making permanent appointments for the posts will save PS300,000 a year currently being spent on agency medical staff.

Speaking at this week's meeting of NHS Forth Valley Board, director of finance Scott Urquhart admitted there were "challenges in respect of locum charges being incurred in mental health".

He told the board they were now looking at international recruitment as a way of filling the positions - and reducing the overspend on locum doctors.

A spokesperson for NHS Forth Valley said agency spending tended to be higher in certain areas, such as old age psychiatry, where posts are harder to fill.

Recruiting permanent staff "helps reduce agency costs and provides greater continuity of care for patients", she added.

Medical director Andrew Murray said they were seeking to present Forth Valley as an employment of choice and promoting their mental health Unit as a good place to work.

Board member Julia Swan said: "It's a huge benefit to patients if there is a stability of consultants."

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Aug 9, 2019
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