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Overseas GPs 'lack tact to strike deals'

Dr Shiv Pande believes overseas GPs do not have the 'expertise, experience or tact' to negotiate deals with primary care organisations on local enhanced services.

The chair of the British International Doctors Association ­ formerly the Overseas Doctors Association ­ said many members were in small practices and did not have the time to negotiate. 'We do not have that expertise or experience or tact to negotiate and it will be a complete disaster,' he said.

'And 95 per cent of the people who do not have the experience or time to negotiate will be losers.'

Dr Pande added many overseas doctors would lose out under the quality framework because they were based in inner-city practices, where patient non-attendance would make it harder to compile the required evidence.

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