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Work permit required for doctors

7th March 2006

Health Minister Lord Warner announced that from July 2006 all doctors wishing to work in the UK from outside the European Union (EU) will be required to have a work permit.

Any NHS trust wishing to employ a doctor from outside the EU will have to prove that a ‘home-grown’ doctor cannot fill the vacant post, ending the current permit free training arrangement for international doctors.

There are now have more than 117,000 doctors working in the NHS, 27,400 more than in 1997 as well as record levels of doctors in training in UK medical schools. 

The changes will come into action shortly when the NHS will only be able to recruit internationally when they cannot fill a training post with a UK graduate.

The only exception will be to allow two years of permit-free training for non-European Union nationals who have trained in a UK medical schools so that they can acquire full registration with the GMC.

Any doctor wishing to apply for postgraduate medical education training in the UK , whether at the  Modernising Medical Careers foundation programme level or senior house officer stage,  will be required to have a work permit.

Currently International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are able to undertake postgraduate medical education in the UK without needing a work permit.

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Article Information

Title: Work permit required for doctors
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 109
Date Added: 7th Mar 2006


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