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HCL Supports Reform of Language Testing for International Doctors
Date:6/30/2010

Company stresses that all its international doctors meet or exceed all required qualifications and language competency.

London, UK (PRWeb UK) June 30, 2010 -- HCL plc, one of the UK’s leading health and social care staffing companies, today welcomed the British Medical Association’s calls for a review of the processes which overseas doctors must undergo before they can work in the NHS – but stressed that the NHS relies on overseas professionals and so highly qualified and talented international doctors should not be discriminated against.

Overseas professionals, especially nurses, doctors and allied health professionals, make up a significant proportion of NHS frontline services. For example, General Medical Council figures show that more than 91,000 of the UK’s 243,900 registered doctors gained their medical qualification outside Britain.

Kate Bleasdale, Executive Vice Chairman of HCL plc, commented: “Demographic trends suggest that the NHS will need more, not less, overseas workers in coming years. The UK population is ageing and will need more frequent and acute care – we now have more people aged over 65 in the UK than we do under 16, and the number of over-65s is expected to double in the next 20 years. At the same time, our UK healthcare workforce is itself ageing – over a third of the current nursing workforce is expected to retire in the next decade, and there are not enough school leavers entering the caring professions. Whilst we whole-heartedly support initiatives to attract, train and
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