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German doctors prefer England

28th February 2006

Fed up with bad pay and conditions German doctors are fleeing abroad.

According to Der Spiegel, the Hamburg newspaper, 2600 German doctors are now working in Britain where their remuneration can be three times higher than in their homeland.

Around 240bn euros are invested in the German health service each year but the profits are pocketed by only a few. Now, tired of working like "dogs" and demonstrating in the street for better pay, German medical staff are leaving for England.

There are now so many German doctors here that their colleagues back home are ringing them up to ask about following in their tracks, threatening a further significant exodus and putting even more strain on the German health service which is already in dire straits.

In particular, junior doctors are no longer prepared to work for low salaries during their training with the expectation that they will earn much more later in their careers. Currently, no more than half the medical trainees end up as practising doctors. One billion euros are spent on training new doctors each year but the sad fact is it is either being wasted or benefiting other countries.

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