The NHS has always relied on Asian GPs, and will need them even more in future

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.

The NHS has always relied on Asian GPs, and will need them even more in future

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..

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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