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Great Demand for Indian Doctors in UK

January 2015, 30
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UK is in need of Indian doctors
In a bid to address the severe staff shortages, UK is planning to bring in Indian doctors to address the skill scarcities of the country’s National Health Service (NHS). NHS does not have the number of doctors it needs and is relying on foreign doctors. 

Reportedly, the changes made to the visa norms have lead to the drop in number of Indian doctors coming to the UK for work. According to the official figures, the number has reduced by around one-third within the past five years in the NHS. 

Sources stated that Indians formed the largest group of doctors, followed by other nations such as Poland, Australia, Iraq, Sudan and Greece. And, India has helped the NHS to overcome the labor shortages in 1960s and an increase has been observed in the influx of Indian doctors in early 2000s. 

Apparently, a permit-free system and short-term two-year training visas permitted Indians to apply for and undertake specialist or general practice training in the UK given they must secure a place on merit-basis.

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) stated that the visa reforms had made such training available to citizens of European Union; therefore, Indian doctors are not allowed to apply for such posts. Hence, Indian doctors who are interested to get trained from overseas prefer US or Australia where they are permitted to apply for post-graduate training on merit-basis. 

Therefore, some new measures should be taken for Indian doctors to entice them to the UK. Overseas health workers can make valuable contribution to the country.

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