Pulse Opines from Retired GP Dr Nagendra Sarmah on his own experience coming to the UK from India, and why South Asian GPs’ contribution deserves greater recognition.
If the doctors from Asia save the situation again, much as they did in the 1950s, citizens of unpopular areas with recruitment problems will be very grateful. The difference between now and then is that there is now a PLAB assessment, which includes an English Language test – but I am sure they will be able to overcome these small obstacles.. English is the international language and the language of science..
What a pity that so many of our own aspiring medical students fail to gain places at Medical Schools in the UK, and have done so for years. Wales and Scotland export doctors to England every year… Given the current repeat situation, and the lack of political will to help our youngsters, it might make financial sense to stop funding UK medical schools altogether, and recruit all our doctors from overseas… putting the cost on other governments! Different regions, and individuals could then “buy” training places from the Asian medical schools….
And if the European Convention of Human rights stops regions retaining doctors for 5 years, then why not induce them with tax breaks and larger incomes for their first 5 formative years?
We have a local practice with a recent history of excellence (Quality Award) who have not been able to recruit after several adverts in the BMJ. We are in the middle of a National Park and an area of outstanding natural beauty, but it seems no doctors wish to come..