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We want the best doctors in Wales, wherever they come from, says first minister

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5611 (Published 24 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5611
  1. Abi Rimmer
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Carwyn Jones, the first minister of Wales, tells Abi Rimmer that his country will always welcome doctors from overseas as he sets out plans to increase GP recruitment

Jeremy Hunt, England’s health secretary, announced plans this month for the NHS to employ fewer doctors from overseas and to be self sufficient in doctors by 2025.1 The UK prime minister, Theresa May, followed his announcement by saying that doctors from overseas could remain working in the NHS for an “interim period” until enough UK doctors had been trained.2

Carwyn Jones, the first minister of Wales, says that this attitude is completely at odds with the view held by the Welsh government. “One thing I do want to say very, very strongly is that we welcome people from outside of …

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