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UK must become more self reliant for sake of healthcare workforce, says top doctor

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6061 (Published 16 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6061
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Predicted shortages of healthcare workers throughout Europe over the next few decades mean that the United Kingdom will have to find other ways to provide for a growing elderly population, peers have been told.

The message that the UK may need to become more self reliant in terms of finding doctors, nurses, and care workers was underlined by Chris Whitty, the new chief medical officer for England and chief scientific adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Whitty appeared before the House of Lords science and technology committee on 15 October for an evidence session of its inquiry into ageing, science, and healthy living. He said that the current model used in recruiting …

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