NHS recruits thousands of doctors from Third World

Sophie Borland reports in The Daily Mail 31st August 2013:

NHS recruits thousands of doctors from Third World… while limits on places deny British students chance to study medicine

  • Health Service is hiring one third of its doctors from 143 different nations
  • Government quotas mean straight-A students are being turned away from medical degrees 
  • Those who trained outside EU have to pass language test and medical exam

See: GP Recruitment and the confidence crisis

and Recruiting and Retaining professionals into poorer areas in the UK.

I expect you find it as unpalatable as I do, that we have such under capacity in doctors, and yet we disappoint and reject at least 3/4 of the aspiring doctors in the UK. These young people know they could have done the job, and yet they never get the chance… Instead, our poorer areas will once again recruit doctors from overseas..

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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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