NHS Looking to Europe to Recruit GPs
The Law Of... winning the GP postcode lotteryThe online health publication, Pulse, has reported that the NHS is increasingly looking to recruit GPs from the EU to ease the burden on the NHS.
Reliance on Locum Doctors
It was found recently that in poorer areas of the country, GP surgeries are increasingly relying on temporary ‘locum’ doctors
– 18% of doctors in some places
- because permanent positions cannot be filled.The BMA
has warned that these patients face an unacceptable risk that the treatment being received may fall below the national minimum standards.
But with new plans to look to the EU for more GPs, could the problem of locum doctors be solved? Medical Negligence specialist Ramune Mickeviciute
discusses the issue.
Looking to the EU
The NHS is creating a brand new programme of training and language support for EU doctors in a bid to tackle the recruitment crisis faced here in the UK.
Particular interest is being reported from Poland
, and even the Czech Republic
. With the upcoming results of the EU referendum in the balance, an urgent plan is necessary; additional funding will be needed to ensure that proper training is provided.
Ramune Mickeviciute comments:"Ideally, there should be very little difference in the quality of service that foreign GPs provide to patients, and it is well known that in countries like Czech Republic, Poland, or other Baltic countries it takes twice as long to become a qualified doctor than it does in the UK.""Training standards are broadly equivalent across the whole EU and the new programme will eliminate any outstanding issues such as language differences. A foreign doctor does not mean that the advice or treatment you are getting is poor; in some areas, it may mean that there is greater access to healthcare as communication will become much easier for all involved."
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