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GMC hits back over capital recruitment

The GMC has hit back at a London Assembly health committee report claiming it needed to do more to recruit overseas doctors to the capital to alleviate the GP recruitment crisis.

The July report complained qualified GPs from countries such as Australia and New Zealand found it difficult to get accreditation and had to sit language tests despite having English as their first language.

In a response last week, the GMC said it did not agree there should be a separate accreditation system for doctors from the Commonwealth. It also disagreed with the health committee's assertion there were over 800 refugee doctors registered with the BMA who wanted to work in London and were not being given enough help to do so. The GMC said it believed there were fewer than 80 such doctors.

It added: 'The resources required to support retraining of doctors with other specialisms could be considerable.'

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