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This article makes for interesting reading but unfortunately it is
quite hard to calculate how many foreign doctors are working in the UK.
43 per cent of new licensed doctors may be from overseas, as stated, but
they may or may not be working. Doctors from any country may register in
many other countries, depending on the cost of doing so, to try out the
local labour market or in case they decide to move later. There is no
guaranteed NHS job for migrant doctors and so actual working migrants may
be a very different group. This does not change the problem but of course
it applies to lots of other professions. Poorer countries will lose their
computer professionals, their accountants and other graduates all the
time. Many will be working in jobs which do not exploit all of their
skills but which still pay more than skilled work at home. The fair
solution might be to limit the flow of workers until the country paying
for training has got its investment repaid. But civil liberties and
economic forces make this unlikely in practice.