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Interesting article, but there is an additional way; why not encourage international medical students studying at UK medical schools to work in the UK? Especially for foundation year 1 and foundation year 2 jobs. International medical students form a large cohort collectively (7.5% of the total intake for each of the 33 UK medical schools is allocated to international medical students ). They are familiar with the NHS being brought up within the system and are highly capable (competition for a place in medical school among overseas applicants can be as high as 37:1 ) and they will also have the required competencies having come through the UK medical school system.
Win-win situation, international medical students feel more appreciated and get the opportunity to further their training in a familiar environment, hospitals benefit from having the extra workforce from qualified competent products of the UK medical school system.