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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 15 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:834

Overseas doctors will have help with GP training

The NHS Executive has announced that some overseas doctors without rights of residence in Britain will be paid during their general practice registrar training year.

From 1 April those doctors whose immigration status does not require them to hold a work permit under the training and work experience scheme and entitles them to remain in Britain for more than 12 months from the start of their general practice registrar training will have their training funded.

The revised guidance on immigration and employment will be amended and postgraduate deans and directors of postgraduate general practice education notified of the change.

The BMA has welcomed this concession. The head of the association's international division, Dr Stella Lowry, said, “We have been concerned that many overseas doctors have completed the hospital part of their training only to find that no one will pay for their registrar year. We are delighted that some of these doctors will now be able to complete their training and contribute to healthcare in the NHS.”

Review body answers criticisms

The chairman of the doctors' review body has replied to the criticism from the BMA that it has strayed …

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