Education And Debate

Name and role of Overseas Doctors Association need to be changed

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 10 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:645
  1. A K Bose
  1. Orrell Park Surgery, Liverpool L9 8AL Hounslow, Middlesex TW4 7RS Overseas Doctors Association, 28-32 Princess Street, Manchester M1 4LB Mettingham, Suffolk NR35 1TD Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College Hospital Medical School, London SE5 8AF 37 Shanwar, Pune 411030, India Health and Ethnicity Programme, North East and North West Thames Regional Health Authorities, London W2 3QR.

    Britain has a tradition of training doctors from other countries. Many who came to train stayed on to make up shortages in medical staffing and because of better career prospects. Some formed separate medical associations, of which the Overseas Doctors Association is the oldest and best known. The question still remains, however, whether doctors from ethnic minority groups should form their own associations. A K Bose, a general practitioner from Liverpool, wrote suggesting that it is …

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