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Overseas doctors who come to the UK looking for work often face months of unemployment.

Thousands of doctors who have passed the PLAB examination are in extreme hardship and working in menial jobs to survive.

More than a third (36 per cent) of international medical graduates who qualified to practise in the UK last year were still jobless six months later.

The NHS is dependent on international medical graduates, who currently make up a third of the junior doctor workforce.

But bmjcareers.com has issued advice warning them of the intense competition for junior doctor posts, with some jobs attracting more than 1,000 applicants.

On average there are 210 applicants for each junior doctor advertisement in the UK, with eight recent jobs attracting more than 1,000 applications, according to the website.

This is a scandal and needs the immediate attention of the Department of Health, BMA and GMC.

A central clearing system is required so that all applications are channelled through that body and overseas graduates are well informed about the job situation before they enter the UK. The present system reflects badly on the NHS and all those who work in it.

Last year when John Reid visited Manchester I raised the plight of unemployed overseas graduates with him.

Unfortunately not much has moved. The NHS is still encouraging international medical graduates into this country and then abandoning them.

If this issue is not looked urgently it could have serious consequences.

Dr Kailash Chand

Ashton-Under-Lyne

Lancashire

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