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Indian doctors flown in to meet UK staff shortages

Britain’s exit from the European Union is likely to impact NHS workforce, leading to the UK government’s most recent announcement


London: Doctors from India are being hovered in Britain to meet staff scarcities in the UK’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS).

About 18 senior doctors from India are on their way to Lancashire in North West England to plug gaps in emergency ward cover later East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust chiefs in recent times returned from a recruitment drive in India.

“It has been a very successful exercise. These offers will be subject to visa necessities and General Medical Council (GMC) registration and we can assume them to be in place in 4 to 6 months,” stated Kevin Moynes, the trust’s human resources director.

The most recent recruitment drive was revealed as UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt expressed the annual Conventional party conference in Birmingham today that he plans to add 100 million pounds to train new doctors with the aim of making the NHS “self-reliant” in doctors.

He stated that medical schools in UK will be permitted to offer up to 1,500 extra training places a year as new numbers specified that 1 in 4 NHS doctors have been trained abroad. “Is it right to import doctors from poorer countries that need them while turning away bright home graduates who are passionate to study medicine,” he questioned.

“Obviously it will take a number of years before those doctors qualify, but by the end of the next Parliament [2025] we will make the National Health Service self-reliant in doctors,” Hunt stated. GMC records show that 30,472 doctors in the UK come from the European Union and other nations in the European Economic Zone, while 71,139 were trained elsewhere in the world outside the UK.

Britain’s exit from the European Union is likely to impact NHS workforce, leading to the UK government’s most recent announcement. The NHS has factually turned to the Indian sub-continent to meet staff shortages as well to increase the headcount of doctors and nurses.

But a changing visa system and a discernment of an increasingly annoying medical system over the years has seen a considerable drop in the number of Indian doctors working in the UK, from around 10,265 in 2009 to 6,880 in 2015.

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