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Overseas recruitment placing squeeze on NHS jobs

21st September 2007

The government’s immigration policy is placing a squeeze on the number of job opportunities available for junior doctors, according to the British Medical Journal.

The article argued that the government is allowing too many training jobs to go to overseas applicants while the growing numbers of UK graduates face ever-growing competition for places.

Writing in the BMJ, Graham Winyard, retired postgraduate dean, emphasised that overseas pressure on jobs was the reason why the medical training application service (MTAS) was so heavily over-subscribed.

In comments to the Telegraph, he stated: “Even if MTAS had worked perfectly, we would have still faced major problems with medical unemployment because of the government’s muddled approach to managing medical immigration. This has created a large surplus of applicants.”

The Department of Health says the NHS needs the best possible doctors, regardless of where they are trained.

Junior doctor recruitment became a political issue for the government this summer after the new computerised Medical Training Application Service was beset by problems.

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