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Overseas doctors boost GP certificates

Recruitment from overseas is responsible for a rise in the number of GP certificates issued by the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice.

Newly-released figures show a 36 per cent increase in the number of GP certificates issued to overseas doctors in the year to mid-September, from 189 to 257. Yet the total number issued rose by just 6 per cent from 1,641 to 1,742 over the same period.

Inquiries from overseas doctors doubled from 723 to 1,442.

The committee warned legal changes due to come into force later this year which mean doctors with limited GMC registration will be unable to train as GP registrars could reverse the trend.

Chief executive Katie Carter said its fast-track accreditation programme for Commonwealth doctors would end as a result of the changes.

Dr Roger Chapman, joint honorary secretary of the committee, said the rise in certificates was 'not yet sufficient to have anything but a marginal impact'.

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