Greeks physicians appointed as NHS Highland locums

Two consultant physicians from Greece have been appointed as locums to fill vacancies at Caithness General Hospital in Wick.

NHS Highland has had to hire locums after it was unable to attract doctors to permanent positions following the departure of two consultants.

Dr Nikolaos Zakynthinakis-Kyriakou and Dr Petros Karsaliakos joined the health board earlier this month.

NHS Highland said that the pair had begun an intense induction process.

The health board said the consultants were highly experienced and would prove to be real assets to the NHS and the Caithness community.

Bosses added that they were striving to address a long-standing concern over the recruitment and retention of staff in remote and rural communities.

NHS Highland has previously used Polish doctors as locum consultants at the Wick hospital's maternity unit.

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