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1 in 3 UK doctors not trained in UK

Over one in every three doctors practising in the UK has not been trained in Britain, according to the General Medical Council.

The latest figures from the List of Registered Medical Practitioners revealed that 37 per cent of doctors, or 73,542 doctors, were trained in 147 countries including Sudan, Mongolia, and Haiti. This figure represents both GPs and specialists. The report comes just as leaders have expressed concerns over foreign doctors being allowed to practice in the UK without prior checks, as a result of European laws which mean that employers are unable to test the skills of those who were trained in the UK. This rule applies to some 22,000 foreign medics working in the UK, according to the GMC.

Last year, the Nigerian-born doctor from Germany, Daniel Ubani, received a ban from practicing in the UK after administering a lethal overdose to an elderly patient during his first shift at a private out-of-hours company. It emerged that Ubani was not familiar with the administration of the drug
Diamorphine.

Figures reveal that in 2009 51 out of 83 doctors who were banned from practicing in the UK had been qualified outside of Britain and of these doctors, 12 had qualified in Europe. Dr Sarah Wollaston, a Conservative MP and member of the Commons health select committee said that concerns were growing that these doctors, who could in some cases have poor English, were able to work in Britain.

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