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UK could turn to India for new GP recruitment drive

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2091 (Published 12 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2091
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The United Kingdom may be about to embark on a refreshed recruitment drive for GPs from India to come and work for the NHS, subject to rigorous testing.

Doctors’ leaders have welcomed the contribution that Indian doctors can make to the NHS but criticised the government for its “failure” in attracting enough new doctors from the United Kingdom itself to join the profession.

Health Education England has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Apollo Hospitals Group in India to explore how both countries can benefit from a “mutual exchange of ideas.” Apollo offers a diploma in family medicine that is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Pulse magazine has reported that the …

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