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Changes in immigration rules leads to a serious shortage of doctors in the UK


Hospital departments are depending on six junior medics to carryout the work of 10

Tags: BMA, Dr Shree Datta, medics
 
21st September 2009:
Soon after reports indicated problems in recruitment of doctors from the Asian subcontinent due to difficulties in procuring work permits, further indications are that the amendments in immigration rules and lowering of working hours for trainees have led to a serious shortage of doctors in the UK.
Department of Health data suggests there was an estimated 5 per cent shortfall at the end of 2008; and the hospital departments were compelled to depend on just six junior medics to carryout the work of 10.
The possibility of the conditions getting worse situation this year cannot be ruled out due to a new European Working Time Directive. Introduced in August, it prevents the UK’s 60,000 trainee doctors from working more than 48 hours a week.
The new leader of the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee, Dr Shree Datta, says HHS is under great strain due to inadequate staffing. Dr Datta believes the problem of understaffed rotas has worsened as the government has mishandled changes to the immigration system. It has resulted in many overseas doctors leaving the UK. Poor preparations for the working time directive are likely to have exacerbated the problem, she adds.

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