Equality Impact Assessment – Results
Title of Policy
Increasing the number of Scotland domiciled/EU students studying medicine at Scottish universities
Summary of aims and desired outcomes of Policy
The policy intention is to retain more doctors in NHS Scotland in the longer term.
Ministers have given guidance to the Scottish Funding Council (the SFC) with a view to increasing the number of Scotland domiciled/EU students by 100 and decreasing rest of UK (rUK) students by 100 (while keeping overall medical student headcount the same). The SFC can take this into account when allocating funding to universities.
The benefit of adopting this policy is that it improves the sustainability of the medical workforce in Scotland. Once we have increased Scotland/EU domiciles by 100 and decreased rUK domiciles by a corresponding amount we estimate that we will retain approximately 36 extra doctors per annum into year 1 of speciality training within current (and planned) medical student headcount.
Directorate: Division: Team
Health Workforce Division
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