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GMC must rethink overseas doctors strategy

The GMC had opened a clinical assessment centre for overseas doctors taking PLAB part II which will examine 1,300 candidates a year, up from 1,000.

Once doctors have passed PLAB part II they need jobs. A recent survey indicates there are more than 700 applicants for every job.

The GMC needs to rethink the whole strategy relating to overseas doctors. A question to be asked is what is going to happen to the vast army of unemployed international doctors coming to this country?

I urge the GMC president to allow those doctors who have passed PLAB part II to register with the GMC without a definite job offer so they can at least do locum work.

I suggest there be a central matching programme, which would clearly give an idea about the number of doctors the NHS can accommodate in the future. Entry examinations should be planned accordingly.

Dr A Kumar

British International Doctors Association

Bolton

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