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New 'PPUD Syndrome' Prevalent Among Indian Doctors In Britain

A number of doctors who had migrated to Britain with high hopes of getting a safe and secure job are now under depression. More specifically, they are believed to be suffering from the so-called "PPUD syndrome" //that stands for post PLAB unemployed doctor's syndrome.

Writing in the latest issue of the respected British Medical Journal, Surinder Sareen said the situation for the doctors - numbering nearly 6,000 and hailing mainly from India but also from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - was grim.

Sareen wrote: "In an effort to keep up an old medical tradition, I report a new syndrome, prevalent in the age group 25-35, but some cases are seen in the early 40s. Both sexes are equally affected.

"It is endemic in east London but sporadic cases can be seen all over Britain. It is mostly found in immigrants from the Indian subcontinent," said Sareen who lives in Grantham.

Some of the features of the syndrome, according to Sareen are:

Obsessive compulsive disorder: Patients check their CV again and again, showing it to every person they meet; constantly check their telephone in order not to miss any interview call (which never comes); keep checking the mail again and again; and are resistant to any counselling from others.

Hallucinations: Visual and auditory hallucinations of a job that exists nowhere and interview calls that never comes.

Omniphagia: Patients eat just about anything they can get and can be seen cooking strange recipes in the single pan they own. They lose weight.

Muskoskeletal deformities: For example, 11th nerve palsy, resulting in drooping of the shoulders; seventh nerve palsy, resulting in expressionless face and inability to smile; disturbed gait; and kyphosis, with inability to stand straight and keep their heads high.

Skin manifestations: dry skin from exposure to the atmosphere (no money for moisturisers) and dry long hair
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