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Help needed for overseas doctors

I strongly support Dr Kailash Chand's plea for guidance and help for overseas doctors entering Britain (Letters, April 5). I came to Britain in 1968, staying in Wembley with my friend. After a long wait I got a hospital job but was working in place of two other SHOs.

During my third job I asked the BMA to support me against a surgeon who was treating me as a slave rather than a trainee SHO. I was told to stay quiet or risk ruining my career. I decided not to pursue a surgical career.

Many doctors today are still facing a harsh and hostile environment. Both the GMC and the BMA should do more to help doctors find accommodation, hospital attachments and vocational GP training.

Leaflets about reasonable rental accommodation should be sent with PLAB-test information. Information about hospital and GP training places should be sent again when candidates pass the test and continued for six months.

Voluntary organisations should also provide more vigorous help.

Dr M Siddiq

President

Islamic Medical Association

of UK and Eire

Walsall

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