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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

Future of medical employment not so rosy

Going through both the articles it emerges that the future of employment for medical graduates may not be as rosy. But overseas doctors are not entirely to blame for the situation for local graduates. Traditionally majority of overseas doctors have been working here as non- consultants grade. The government acknowledges them as important part of medical work force but very little avenue for their advancement have been created.Certainly, many of them are better skilled than new consultants. Due to HSMP overseas doctors competing for training posts, the public has the opportunity of getting better quality doctors as consultants due to the element of competition. Now if some of the local graduates have to accept non- consultant jobs, they should not feel too bad.In medicine, like in any profession, you have to change your priorities according to situation.But to me, the bigger threat to medical employment is back door entry by non-medical personnel, who could not get a medical seat, to grab many jobs traditionally done by doctors.

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07 May 2008
Krishna Gupta
Middle grade, General Surgery, Blackpool Victoria Hospital,
Blackpool, FY3 8NR