First team of overseas surgeons arrives in England

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 10 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:297
  1. Wendy Moore
  1. London

    Health secretary Alan Milburn has brushed aside concerns raised by the Royal College of Surgeons that overseas doctors being flown to England to reduce NHS waiting lists could threaten patient safety.

    As Mr Milburn met some of the first consultant surgeons arriving to take part in the governmentinitiative last week he said, “These are top class European doctors who will do a first class job for NHS patients, and in the process they should help relieve the pressure on existing NHS doctors.”

    A spokesman for the Department of Health later made clear that the college would have no veto over the selection of overseas surgeons in local schemes. He said, “No …

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