Commenting on newly published statistics from the Scottish Government showing that the fill rate for junior doctor training places in Scotland has improved, Chair of BMA Scotland's Junior Doctor Committee Dr Chris Sheridan said:
"This increase in the fill rates for training grades in Scotland may suggest that the damaging uncertainty over junior doctor contracts in England has helped to make Scotland a comparatively more attractive option than working in England for some junior doctors and medical graduates.
"The swift and repeated assurances from the Scottish Government that it will not seek to impose any new contract in Scotland were welcome to junior doctors in Scotland and may have been an important factor in the decision to apply to posts in Scotland for many people.
"The challenge for future years will be to ensure that Scotland is attractive enough to sustain this improved performance."
The latest figures can be viewed at http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Junior-doctors-attracted-to-Scotland-25e0.aspx (opens in new window).