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UK is a less attractive place to work, GMC warns, as reliance on overseas doctors increases

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 19 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5871
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Some specialties have increased their reliance on doctors from overseas, a report by the General Medical Council has said.

However, it warned that the UK risks becoming a less attractive place for overseas doctors to work, with 6000 fewer non-UK graduates on its register in 2017 compared with six years ago.

These were two of four warning signs that stood out in 2017, said the GMC in its State of Medical Education and Practice report, published on 19 December.1

The report said that emergency medicine, general medicine, and paediatrics had all seen increases of more than 20% in the number of non-UK qualified doctors working in the specialty between 2012 and 2017. These increases were mainly …

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