Foreign doctor numbers up by 10 per cent

NHS
hospitals are becoming more reliant on overseas-trained doctors, a new study
claims.

Research
led by Michael Goldacre, a
professor of public health at Oxford
University,
and reported in the British Medical
Journal
, shows nearly a quarter of consultants appointed since 1992 are
overseas trained – up from 15 per cent in the previous 30 years.

The
report noted: "[Foreign-trained] doctors comprise a particularly high
percentage of consultants in geriatric medicine, psychiatry, learning
disability, and genito-urinary
medicine. As has long been recognised, doctors trained abroad are
over-represented at the consultant level in specialities that can be hard to
fill."

Quentin Reade

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