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What is the future for training overseas graduates?

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:307

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Overseas graduates

Dear editor - I fully agree with the views expressed by Dr. Sridhar
regarding training of overseas medical graduates in Britain. I think the
situation is totally appaling where after passing the PLAB examination and
despite of having good medical background, it is so difficult to get a
appropriate traiing post.

Though we can argue that most of overseas doctor are here by their
own wish. I donot at all understand the reason why GMC has started
conducting PLAB examination in the countries like India when there are
very limited training posts in UK. Most of the overseas doctor spend
nearly an equivalent of their one years salary in taking this exam and
once they pass it, they feel like obliged to try their luck in UK. Does
the GMC gives the true picture of job situation in UK after passing the
examination? Is not it an exploitation or merely a money making exercise
by GMC!

Vikas Gupta

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 August 2000
Vikas Gupta