Published: 16/03/2018 14:56 - Updated: 16/03/2018 15:13

How do we get more health workers to Moray?

An historic landmark in Elgin, the old frontage of Dr Gray's Hospital, which is about to get an internal revamp.A MEETING is to be held to discuss 'Move to Moray' incentives to help attract health workers to the area.

NHS Grampian, Moray Council and local housing developers will be among the organisations represented at the meeting on Friday, March 23.

It follows Moray MSP Richard Lochhead's roundtable meeting on incentives to recruit key public sector workers to Moray, including consultants, GPs and teachers.

Mr Lochhead has arranged the most recent talks following developments at Dr Gray's which he feels highlights the need for greater focus on increasing the offer of support for workers who could fill key vacancies.

He said: "I previously called for the establishment of a public sector task force to look at how we can attract key professionals to Moray, which NHS Grampian and various agencies signed up to.

"The situation at Dr Gray's continues to be fragile and the recent changes to paediatric services due to consultant and junior doctor shortages highlights the real need to put incentives to attract key staff at the front and centre of discussions.

"We need the community to come together to support the hospital, which is why I'm bringing together local representatives from both the public and private sector to look at how we can up the offer for health workers coming to the area, and how we can develop a 'Move to Moray' package for key workers that could include housing, as well as access to leisure facilities.

"We need to explore every option to make Moray to stand out from the crowd for aspiring applicants considering where to work, and I hope that by bringing folk together we can come up with a unique offer for health workers that makes them choose a career in Moray."

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