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Doctors facing 'lack of graduate opportunities'

Published: Thursday, 25 November 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Student doctors are facing a graduate jobs shortage when they qualify, it was suggested yesterday (November 24th).

The number of posts on the two-year NHS training programme is on the decline and prospects are being further limited by applications from foreign doctors, the Daily Mirror reports.

Experts have predicted that there will be more students than places for the first time next year, meaning about 700 medical graduates could be left without a job while carrying £40,000 in debts.

Karin Purshouse, chairwoman of the British Medical Association's (BMA) medical students committee, admitted that the latest developments are a major worry.

"There has been a huge rise in the number of non-UK doctors coming on to the programme and a lot of people are naturally concerned," she told the newspaper.

"We don't know the final figures yet but the lack of places is totally unacceptable."

The BMA is the professional association and registered trade union for doctors in the UK.

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