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PE1890: Find solutions to recruitment and training challenges for rural healthcare in Scotland

Petition Summary

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to find ways for localised training, recruiting and retaining healthcare staff in difficult to recruit positions in Scotland.

Petitioner: Maria Aitken on behalf of Caithness Health Action Team

Status: Under consideration

Date published: 19 August 2021

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Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee Consideration

Committee meetings

3 November 2021: The Committee agreed to write to NHS Highland. It also agreed to consider this petition alongside PE1845 at a future meeting.

PE1890/CEdward Mountain MSP submission of 2 November 2021

PE1890/D: NHS Highland submission of 15 February 2022 


Health, Social Care and Sport Committee Consideration

Committee Meetings

25 October 2022: The Committee considered the following petitions—PE1915: Reinstate Caithness County Council and Caithness NHS Board. The Committee agreed to close the petition. PE1845: Agency to advocate for the healthcare needs of rural Scotland; PE1890: Find solutions to recruitment and training challenges for rural healthcare in Scotland; and PE1924: Complete an emergency in-depth review of Women's Health services in Caithness & Sutherland. The Committee agreed to write to rural health boards seeking evidence on the issues raised within the petitions before inviting the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care to give oral evidence to the Committee.

Official Report of Meeting 25 October 2022

17 January 2023: The Committee took evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care. The Committee agreed to consider the evidence heard at a future meeting. 

Official Report of Meeting 17 January 2023

Written Submissions