Demand for foreign docs in UK on the rise

Published on Mar 28, 2006 06:52 PM IST

Healthcare specialist Healthcare Locums have been placing an average of 1,800 doctors and other specialists into work every week.

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None | ByNabanita Sircar, London

A firm, which recruits healthcare specialists, said the demand for foreign doctors to work in the UK has increased.

Healthcare Locums (HCL) said business was booming with a rise in demand. The company placed an average of 1,800 doctors and other highly trained specialists such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists into work every week in the UK last year.

The company said 40 per cent of them were from abroad as shortages in the UK saw the need for experts from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, India, Japan and eastern Europe soar.

Chief executive Kate Bleasdale said, "Due to the increasing demand for specialist staff in the UK, and the shortages that exist, we have an increasing need to source staff from international sources." It saw HCL generate turnover £43.9m last year and bank pre-tax profits before exceptional items of £1.6m.

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