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UK medical postgraduates 'given priority'

Published: Friday, 08 February 2008   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Medical postgraduates from the UK are to be given priority for training positions, as new legislation is introduced which prevents medical graduates from outside the UK taking up such a posts.

Last year saw around 28,000 postgraduates apply for 15,000 training programmes, with competition predicted to be even fiercer in 2008, reports Personneltoday.

It is expected that more than half of the applicants will have trained outside the EU, says the report.

Health secretary Alan Johnson states that if UK graduates are unable to access such training the government needs to take appropriate action, although he stresses that it is are not banning international doctors from practising in the UK.

Steve Barnett, director of NHS Employers, said: "We have grown the graduate workforce in the UK and now need to maximise opportunities for UK and European Economic Area graduates by giving them priority in the first few years of their postgraduate training."


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