UK fails to recruit Indian doctors
The National Health Service is reported to have interviewed doctors from India and even sought the help of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in its recruitment drive.Updated: Jun 02, 2010 23:56 IST
Britain wants to recruit junior doctors from India after their exodus from the country due to tightened immigration rules caused a shortage but the Home Office is not in agreement.
The National Health Service (NHS) is reported to have interviewed doctors from India and even sought the help of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) in its recruitment drive.
The BAPIO stipulated that the doctors should be allowed to stay and get training for between three and four years, rather than the two-year limit currently in place.
But the British Home Office said no, according to BBC News, pouring cold water on the NHS drive.
The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, counter-terrorism and police.
The NHS is facing a shortage of doctors also due to new European regulations limiting the number of working hours for doctors.
The European Working Time Directive, which was fully introduced into the NHS in August last year, limits doctors’ working time to no more than 48 hours per week.
As a result, some hospitals outside the metropolitan areas have even faced closure.