A problem with Indian Doctors? Why are we denying our own?

The Telegraph 6th May 2014 in UK has warned us that there might be a problem: Doctors from India more likely to be struck off – Telegraph. The problem is endemic and expanding, and is probably true of many other African and Asian countries. When we have 11:1 applicants why are we denying our own British Medical School applicants? In addition many of the Indian schools are private….

on 8th December 2012 the Times of India reported: 79% of doctors with foreign degrees fail screening test

On July 6th Rama Lakshmi of the Washington Post reported: Over two dozen people with ties to India’s $1-billion exam scam have died mysteriously in recent months concerning because on 5th April the same paper reported US lawmakers move bill to bring in more doctors from India …

Now, on 8th July the perverse incentives have led to BBC report – Vyapam: India’s deadly medical school exam scandal

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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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