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Spanish GP registrars prefer UK

Dr Jordi Sabaté has helped set up a scheme that gives Spanish GP registrars the chance to join their countrymen in the UK during training.

So far 15 registrars have spent between one and two months in County Durham and Tees Valley, where they shadow GPs, practice nurses and nurse practitioners.

Dr Sabaté, who came to the region in 2002 on the Government's international recruitment scheme, said most of the registrars wanted to stay.

Registrar Dr Berta Catarineu said patients in the UK had more respect for GPs.

'They see the doctor like a good person, like God. Here the doctors have more time to take care. Here things are easier.'

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