In a reversal of sorts, young British doctors are looking to private hospitals in India for employment after they failed to be shortlisted in the current round of recruitment to the National Health Service (NHS). //
Thousands of British doctors face the prospect of emigrating to various countries due to uncertainties caused by procedural flaws in the recruitment system called Modernising Medical Careers (MMC). Following severe criticism from parents of junior doctors and experts in the field, the British government has ordered a review of the system.
As results of the current round of recruitment were announced earlier this month, junior doctors in several hospitals broke down in tears when they realized they had not been shortlisted. In some areas, senior doctors and consultants refused to conduct interviews due to the anomalies in the system that excluded thousands of British doctors.
Amidst the frustration and ennui over British doctors being unable to find employment in British hospitals, hundreds of junior doctors applied and secured employment in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.
Many have also applied to private hospitals in India. One such Indian hospital attracting British doctors is the K.G. Hospital and Post-graduate Medical Institute in Coimbatore, which has advertised for experienced doctors and surgeons.
'Hospital Doctor', an industry publication, has reported in its latest edition that many Indian hospitals have been advertising for British doctors. It quotes the Coimbatore hospital as saying in its ad: 'Salary will not be a constraint for the right candidate'.
A senior doctor told IANS that a major reason for private Indian hospitals wanting to employ Britons is medical tourism - it is culturally convenient to have a British doctor treat a British patient in India, where treatment costs are far lower than those in the west.
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