DoH expands training for overseas doctors

The NHS will 'benefit greatly' from an increase in training placements for overseas doctors, health minister Ann Keen has announced.

The Medical Training Initiative will provide up to 750 two-year placements for doctors from developing countries. Last year, 250 English-speaking doctors from developing countries, secured UK-based education.

‘The time that international medical graduate’s spend with us will benefit the NHS greatly. And when they return home, they will be able to apply their skills and knowledge developed during their time here,’ Ms Keen said.

‘We recognise the importance of maintaining these valuable links between the UK and other parts of the world,’ she added.

The DoH has worked together with key partners towards the extension of the initiative, including the BMA, the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and NHS Employers.

Head of programmes at NHS Employers David Grantham said: ‘The NHS benefits enormously from the international exchange of doctors. This scheme in particular is built around reciprocal sharing of our knowledge and experience with other nations.’

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