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Tired of Blighty? Nature-loving GP wanted for island medical chief

A British GP is required for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become Chief Medical Officer of the Falkland Islands.

The British territory, off the coast of Argentina is seeking a GP to take charge of the  clinical and medical needs for its 3,000 island residents.

Melanie Shearer, UK lead for health at Veredus, who is handling the recruitment said: 'This job doesn't really exist in the UK.'

'It's unique because there's a good proportion of clinical care involved but you're also in charge of the health and wellbeing of the islanders.'

Melanie also said the successful candidate will still be able to maintain links with the UK because the Falklands government will provide one to two flights a year to and from the UK.

The island, home to 3,000 residents and 2,000 army troops, has been under British rule since 1833

David Jenkins, Director of Health and Education for the Island says on the application website: 'The islands have low crime and incredible wildlife, a place where nature is still in charge.'

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