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Where are UK trained doctors? The migrant care law and its implications for the NHS–an essay by Julian M Simpson

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2336 (Published 31 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2336

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Re: Where are UK trained doctors? The migrant care law and its implications for the NHS–an essay by Julian M Simpson

This is a rejoinder to Dr Prabhu’s responses about this essay and his previous one about Dr Bawa-Garba.

1. Dr Prabhu states that there is discrimination. He was in a position to help HIS juniors when he was the director in his trust.
He is retired now and has no official powers to remove injustice in his previous trust, nor in any trust.
Yet, he is helping to recruit doctors from India - to work for UNJUST employers.
He has not declared any conflict of interest. So, presumably, his recruiting efforts are “pro bono”?

2. Here is a government (and many orevious ones too) unable or unwilling to treat doctors decently. Therefore, the locally trained doctors, and indeed many who came from abroad, went to pastures new.
The actions of Dr Prabhu are assisting the NHS to ignore the legitimate needs of these doctors. They are thus harming the bargaining power of these doctors.

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 June 2018
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough