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NHS recruits first wave of doctors from Indian hospital

Trusts in Greater Manchester have agreed to host 20 doctors from Apollo Hospitals in India, following an agreement with Health Education England last year.

NHS trusts involved in the scheme will pay £16,000 to train each recruit in addition to their salary. 

Pulse reported in April last year that HEE signed a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with Apollo Hospitals, a hospital chain in India, to begin a ‘mutual exchange of clinical staff’.

The doctors are expected to arrive this year and will be placed in emergency departments for up to three years while they complete their training, before they return to India.

While it was reported that the agreement between HEE and the hospital chain would involve the recruitment of up to 400 GPs to England, HEE said the discussions are still in ‘very early days’.

Professor Ged Byrne, regional director of education and quality for HEE North, said: ‘These conversations with Apollo and Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership are still at a very early stage and build on the MoU that exists between Health Education England and Apollo. 

‘They are focussed around how we can work together in the future to train the future healthcare workforce.’

He added that the scheme ‘benefits both the UK as it helps to fill an immediate need and the doctors themselves who gain access to high quality training and a unique skills set’.

Readers' comments (6)

  • Train them up and off they go again. Very short term plaster to cover the ever enlarging gaping hole in staffing and funding shortfalls. So nothing being done to improve things for us here in the medium and long term. At least we're all paying to improve India's skilled medical provision.

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  • Cobblers

    Did someone turn the clock back 55 years? This NHS 2017 is a very different beast to NHS 1962. 8:59 is right. Temporary indeed.

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  • Council of Despair

    To get to work in the UK these doctors are going to pass through some pretty tough hoops - in addition you know the 'immigrant' loving press is going to keep an eye on their performance i.e. they will be under scrutiny - so any mistakes they make will undoubtedly be publicized in order to sell a few papers - so please give them a break.

    it must be difficult for them to uproot thousands of miles to come to work in a hostile country in which their field of expertise is under great pressure. they are actually doing us a favor.

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  • Similar scheme in Birmingham recently. Most of the doctors who came for 2 to 3 years wanted to return within few weeks. The general consensus at that time was that salary and working conditions are much better in India now compared to UK. Bonded labour with no option for a career or a formal training post. These poor souls were holding the fort for the real trainees to get to their training. How can a doctor working in corporate Apollo hospital which is entirely based on ideology (mostly american) of investigating for everything if patient can afford, work in social medicine in a&e. Its impossible for them to adopt to GP land without working in NHS for few years and then GP training in UK.

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  • Vinci Ho

    (1) This is a slap on the face for Agent Hunt who said , in post Brexit,this government would stick to home grown doctors to work for NHS and the situation would be self sufficient by 2025.
    (2) The 'doctrine' of Brexit is fundamentally about immigration: it might appear to be directed mainly on free movement from EU but in fact , the actual directive is reducing total annual immigration figures radically.
    (3)As I said before , Auntie May is by nature a technocrat. May be she is trying 'hard' to develop a political soul and wants to be a visionary ,but the current circumstances she put herself into only led to stark contradictions.Her egalitarian philosophy of looking after the disadvantaged people of the society (e.g. just about managing ,JAMs) is already confronted by hypocrisy: the detachment from reality by blaming NHS GP for A/E crisis with patients are suffering,launching a new funding formula substantially cutting resources to many schools jeopardising our younger generations,visiting US ,in the midst of a whirlwind where the new protectionist president signing all kinds of 'nice' executive orders , leading to a embarrassing position of not condemning one executive order effectively stopping Muslims ,some of which with valid working permits,coming through airports instantaneously (well , a leader of nasty party visiting a country run by a nasty president?). One can argue there are a lot of disadvantaged people barely managing being involved in these scenarios.
    (4) There is a Chinese saying ,'if you respect me a feet , I return you a yard of respect.' It is difficult to fathom how these Indian doctors will view our job ,given the way this government and its health secretary(and of course , the PMs) had been treating all of us in the medical frontline . The truth is : it is difficult to know exactly what this government is respecting .
    (5) So , Auntie , while your speeches could be very eloquent, I wonder as you spoke next to the bully(s) , did you still remember what your father had taught you all these years?

    Happy Chinese New Year of the Rooster.

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  • Vinci Ho

    And congratulate Roger Federer's winning of history-making 18th Grand Slam.

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