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Does it matter that medical graduates don’t get jobs as doctors? Yes

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:990

Are governments listening to this question?

It is difficult to understand why medical graduates are denied jobs when governments throughout the world spend a lot on their education.

On the one hand, the United Nations declared 'health for all' for all societies but on the other hand, governments are not providing enough opportunities to medical graduates to serve the society. It is mockery of the system of medical education that the doctors are being denied jobs after wasting more than 5 years.

The situation is much worse in developing and undeveloped countries due to which the doctors have to plan their careers in Western countries. Because of this, the societies of poor countries suffer. I would suggest the governments of developing/undeveloped counties must take this question seriously and the doctors from these countries must serve their countries rather going to green pastures.

Competing interests: None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 May 2008
Om Prakash
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Geriatric Clinic & Services, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore, INDIA