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New rules for non-EU doctors

7th February 2008

New immigration rules announced by the Home Office will mean that doctors resident outside the EU will no longer be able to apply for postgraduate training posts in the UK.


The new regulations will come into force for the 2009 recruitment round and follow criticism from doctors’ organisations in Britain that UK graduates were having difficulty finding work because of the overseas competition.

Officials estimate the rules will see a reduction of 3,000-5,000 overseas applications next year. However, the ruling will not apply to doctors already working in the NHS.

The NHS recruited foreign doctors in the past because there were not enough medical graduates in this county but an increase in medical school places has redressed the balance.

In the current year, it is feared there will be 23,000 applications for 9,000 places on speciality training programmes.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson said: “I cannot stress enough that we are not closing the door to international doctors working in the NHS. These new rules only apply to training places in the UK.

“International doctors will still be able to come and work in the NHS in thousands of other non-training posts and will still be able to fill training places in shortage specialties.?

The British Medical Association said taxpayers have invested in the careers of UK doctors and it made sense to manage the numbers of international doctors coming into the NHS.

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin said the new immigration ruling was the right decision.


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Article Information

Title: New rules for non-EU doctors
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5565
Date Added: 7th Feb 2008


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