Britain is set to send home foreign doctors after Brexit
Jeremy Hunt promises to end NHS reliance on overseas doctors after Britain leaves EU
Jeremy Hunt is to pledge that the NHS in England will be “self sufficient” in doctors after Britain leaves the European Union as he sets out a package of measures aimed at reducing its reliance on foreign-trained medics.
The health secretary will use his speech to the Conservative party conference on Tuesday to promise that medical schools in the UK will be allowed to offer up to 1,500 extra training places a year, and released figures that said that one in fourNHS doctors have been trained abroad.
Hunt will stress that foreign-trained doctors do a “fantastic job”, and say that “we want EU nationals who are already here to be able to stay post-Brexit” before adding: “Is it right to import doctors from poorer countries that need them while turning away bright home graduates desperate to study medicine?”
He wants NHS England to reach the target in 2025. “Of course it will take a number of years before those doctors qualify, but by the end of the next parliament we will make the NHS self-sufficient in doctors,” Hunt is expected to say.
Remain campaigners warned in the run-up to the referendum that the NHS, which relies heavily on foreign staff, would be hit if EU workers could no longer travel freely to work in the UK. Data from the General Medical Council records that 30,472 doctors come from the EU and other countries in the European Economic Area, while 71,139 were trained elsewhere in the world outside the UK.-The Guardian reports.
In an attempt to avoid an exodus of people trained in the UK, trainee doctors will have to work in the NHS for four years before they can accept overseas postings.Many young doctors head to Australia and elsewhere overseas, and increasing numbers say they want to go abroad as the protracted junior doctors dispute has dragged on.
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Source: The Guardian