At a time when the media is full of headlines about how tough things are in the NHS, I was heartened to hear on Radio Tees of local talent still wanting to plan a profession in the health service.
It was great to hear that parents of a Grangetown girl were wishing her well with her A level studies and were really proud of her working so hard to get into Medical School in London where she would hopefully start her training to become a doctor.
Nationally, we struggle to get junior doctors to train to become General Practitioners, and it has been especially hard to attract them to Teesside to train or take up careers as GPs. We should be proud of any local grown students wanting to consider careers in the medical, nursing or allied health professional fields. I wish them all well, but of course would also hope that some of them may return to Teesside when they are trained to join the Tees health community.