Government seeks training body for Iraqi clinicians

The government is to launch a programme to help retrain Iraqi doctors and other medical staff.

The Department of Health is seeking an organisation or consortium to provide clinical training and development in the UK for clinical teams from Iraq.

The proposed programme, which is expected to train 50 clinical teams over a two-year period, is regarded as an essential element of the wider reconstruction of the health system in Iraq.

Health minister, Rosie Winterton, said the programme would help the Iraqis modernise their healthcare system by updating the knowledge and skills of their clinicians and enabling them to spread that expertise more widely across the country.

The successful organisation to provide the training is expected to be announced in October.

The total cost of the programme will depend on how many visits are arranged, the exact size of the visiting teams and the nature of the successful bid.

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