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Government warns of tough competition for trainee posts next year after Appeal Court ruling

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39406.341782.DB (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1066
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The Appeal Court's ruling against the Department of Health's plan to restrict the number of medical graduates from outside the European Union who can apply for UK training posts will mean an average of three doctors applying for each post in 2008, government officials say.

    The health department plans to appeal against the judges' ruling on the case, which was brought by the British Association for Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) (BMJ 2007;335:1009, 17 Nov doi: 10.1136/bmj.39398.720012.DB). But this could take several months. Meanwhile the status quo will prevail—and department officials say that this will be the case until the 2009 intake at the earliest.

    The Appeal Court's ruling means that medical graduates who gained their degree overseas—including many doctors from the Indian subcontinent and Africa who are already working in Britain—will still be able to apply in the next recruitment round, which starts in January.

    Additionally, an unknown number of …

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