February 11, 2005

WE'LL TAKE 'EM:

Britain not great for Indian docs (RASHMEE Z AHMED, FEBRUARY 11, 2005, India Times)

If you're a bright young Indian doctor thinking of heading for Britain and its under-staffed, overworked National Health Service, don't. In an extraordinary step, Britain is to introduce an all-points alert and red-light warning system for junior doctors from India and elsewhere who mistakenly think Old Blighty's NHS may be a lucrative vocation.

The warning, which comes after months of lobbying by organisations such as Britain's Indian-dominated Overseas Doctors Association (ODA) and British Association of Physicians Of Indian Origin (BAPIO), is the first real realization that some of India's finest medical graduates are routinely being condemned to stacking British supermarket shelves because they just cannot find jobs.

Roughly 800 junior Indian doctors, the intake of the last 12 months, are currently said to be dispersed across Britain with menial rather than medical jobs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 11, 2005 8:06 PM
Comments

the ama has an iron grip on the supply of doctors in this country. if you didn't go to medical school here, forget it.

Posted by: cjm at February 11, 2005 11:10 PM

For some reason, medical schools of dubious quality like Guadalajara, Grenada and the Philipines get their graduates into America. Then, it's much tougher for graduates from real schools in France, Germany, Italy or Israel. Statistically, graduates of Guadalajara and the U of Manila are the most frequently sued in the medical profession.

Indian medical schools are notoriously lousy, you have to bribe your way through. If you see an Indian doctor, use him only if he's gone to a Western school.

Posted by: Bart at February 12, 2005 6:22 AM
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