Inquiry into medical recruitment



As part of its programme of work on the sustainability of the health and social care workforce, the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee agreed to undertake a short, focused inquiry on medical recruitment. This followed on from the Fourth Assembly Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry on the GP workforce, and was also informed by the Committee’s consultation and survey which ran over summer 2016.


Terms of reference:

To seek witnesses’ views on:  

  • The capacity of the medical workforce to meet future population needs, in the context of changes to the delivery of services and the development of new models of care.
  • The implications of Brexit for the medical workforce.
  • The factors that influence the recruitment and retention of doctors, including any particular issues in certain specialties or geographic areas.
  • The development and delivery of medical recruitment campaigns, including the extent to which relevant stakeholders are involved, and learning from previous campaigns and good practice elsewhere.  
  • The extent to which recruitment processes/practices are joined-up, deliver value for money and ensure a sustainable medical workforce.

Evidence gathering

The Committee invited views on this issue. The responses have been published.


Report on the inquiry into medical recruitment – June 2017 (PDF 1MB)

Welsh Government Response – September 2017 (PDF 223 KB)

Plenary debate

The Plenary debate on the Committee’s report took place on 20 September 2017.



Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 06/10/2016