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Australia squabbles over overseas doctors

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7008.772 (Published 23 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:772
  1. CHRISTOPHER ZINN, Australian correspondent
  1. Guardian

    The federal government's alleged failure to control the influx of doctors who trained overseas has been blamed for robbing Australians of the chance of becoming doctors in their own country. Dr Bob Birrell, an expert in immigration at Monash University, has produced figures showing that doctors who trained overseas are overrepresented in the medical workforce.

    Dr Birrell has claimed that he found that a disproportionate number of students in Australian medical faculties had been born in Britain, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and other Asian countries. His figures show that, of the estimated 40000 doctors in Australia, almost 12% were born in the United Kingdom and …

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