Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, today announced that Plymouth will receive up to a dozen new GPs through an international recruitment programme.
Speaking on a visit to the city today, he said that doctors should be in post by the end of the year after Plymouth was prioritised in the £100 million programme to bolster primary care services throughout England.
NHS England is also funding 12 GP trainee places as part of the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment scheme for Plymouth.
The scheme, run by Health Education England, provides a salary supplement of £20,000 for would-be GPs who train in areas where it has historically been difficult to recruit.
The doctors will begin their training this summer and the supplement will enable them to put down roots in the area.
Plymouth will also benefit from an increase in the number of clinical pharmacists, from the equivalent of 11 to 15 and a half full time posts.
These clinical pharmacists will work across 36 GP practices, offering advice on medicines and minor ailments and so freeing up GPs to see sicker patients.
The announcement came as Simon Stevens toured theJan Cutting Healthy Living Centre and Derriford Hospital along with local MP Johnny Mercer during a visit to the city.
The NHS England chief executive also helped launch a new wellbeing hub to focus on prevention and make services easier to access.
He said: “Plymouth is now leading the way with new NHS voluntary sector and council services all coming together to provide joined up, convenient, neighbourhood care across the city.”