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Overseas recruitment on increase

More than 41,000 health professionals have joined the NHS from overseas since Labour took office in 1997, Government figures reveal.

The statistics show 2,947 doctors and other medical practitioners were granted work permits in 2003 compared with 543 in 2000.

Chair of the British International Doctors Association, and Liverpool GP, Dr Shiv Pande said the Government must not rely solely on overseas doctors to solve the GP recruitment crisis.

'We should also do everything possible to give overseas doctors a good induction.'

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