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A shortage of Doctors!

So the Gov., bless their cotton socks, are telling people how there is a shortage of doctors (according to BBC News) and Trusts are spendinghuge amounts on locums to cover rotas, making patients safe again! Well I’ve got news for them. They are entirely responsible for any shortages. It’s a direct result of the immigration policy preventing Asian doctors from working in the UK. We had a good system before. Indian and Pakistani doctors came here,trained and went home. While they were here, they worked filling the junior posts and rotas worked because in the next tier there were smaller numbers. The foreign doctors went home and the UK graduates moved up. No rota problems because they were and still are, really keen to come here and train. But…
The Government introduced a system whereby they were not allowed to come. Suddenly, they said if an Asian doctor applies for a job any EU doctor takes preference in any job in the NHS. So, don’t blame me that the Eastern European doctor you see when you are admitted, can’t speak English. He doesn’t have to pass an English exam to work here – he’s here by right. Thank you TonyB. Liar. What a good job you’ve done. The NHS wasn’t safe in your hands mate! Don’t whine about shortages when successive Governments have caused the shortages. It’s
At the same time, they have let the EU dictate that junior doctors may not work more than 48hrs in a week. As a junior doctor, I worked a one in two rota (every week-day 9-5, and alternate nights on call in the hospital plus alternate week-ends) It worked out at about 128 hrs. per week. Well, we coped in those days because we were young. At that age you don’t need a lot of sleep and the exposure to the work was huge. You ended a job very tired but by Gum, you had experience. Now, they are not allowed to even attend tutorials outside the 48hrs. So when do they get training and teaching? Duh. They don’t.
On top of all this we’ve been forced to come alongside Europe with its inferior training and training has been shortened to six years.Do you really believe you can become a competent Neurosurgeon in six years? OK, it isn’t rocket science, but when these people are appointed to Consultant posts, don’t expect them to be like the old-fashioned Consultants – they won’t have the experience.
I feel a bit grim about it all. It’s all happening at a time when I’m close to needing hospitalisation myself (I’m 60!). I have serious worries that the people looking after me in my old age won’t know what they’re doing. Believe me – politics and the NHS don’t mix.

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mark on 18 March 2012 22:02
Why can the UK not produce enough doctors to be self sufficient and not have to poach doctors from developing countries. How many medical graduates a year does the UK produce and how many does it need to produce each year to be self sufficient and what percentage of medical graduates in the UK are foreign.
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Ear Nose and Throat consultant UK on 04 February 2014 10:55
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