One of the major issues afflicting the UK is an inadequate supply of home-grown and educated and trained doctors. So why does this happen?
Straight-A students are being turned away from medicine degrees at British universities due to ‘bonkers’ government quotas, health experts have warned. The news comes as the NHS recruits foreign doctors in record numbers, many of whom have ‘little or no knowledge of British culture’.
Quotas mean that top students are forced to study medicine abroad – and fund their own education – or choose another degree. For 2013-2014, English universities were allowed to recruit just 6,071 medicine students, even though the General Medical Council registers 13,000 doctors each year and the NHS struggles to recruit enough staff. An estimated 6,000 newly-registered doctors each year are foreigners who trained overseas.
Experts have warned this practice puts lives at risk, because many of these doctors have poor English and are not always familiar with drugs used in this country.
Our priorities are so wrong! We should be encouraging as many British students to train to the highest medical standards and pursue a career in health here in the UK. Instead, bizarrely, we limit their numbers via quotas and then import foreign doctors, often with lethal consequences. This really needs fixed. We churn out legions of “media studies” graduates who end up stacking shelves in supermarkets and we cannot supply enough new doctors.