London. The overseas doctors in Britain are alarmed as new rules are being implemented that will make them require work permit before they can work// in hospitals of the National Health Service (NHS).
There are currently thousands of doctors from the Indian subcontinent who could suddenly find themselves unemployed. In the event of a job vacancy if there are no local doctors available the first preference will be given to the European Union (EU) doctors.
So far doctors from outside the EU, including from India, were able to take up NHS jobs under what was called 'permit free training' schemes. Their jobs were considered part of training that did not require work permits.
Thousands of Indian doctors were employed under the permit free training scheme and were usually hired for short-term periods of one or two years. The doctors would need to find new posts after their term expired.
From Monday, April 3, employers now need to obtain work permits before employing these doctors after making a case to prove that no British or EU doctor can perform the same job. This rule effectively rules out any chance of employment for non-EU doctors.
The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), with a membership of over 25,000, is planning a protest outside the department of health here later this month.
A senior doctor of Indian origin told IANS that the employment situation for Indian doctors was anyway very difficult, with thousands of them unemployed and reduced to living in miserable conditions and availing themselves of free food served in temples and gurdwaras in London and other parts of Britain.
The new rules will adversely affect those who had managed to find work in the NHS. He said for even minor jobs, applications from highly qualified doctors were received in thousands.
Health Minister Lord Warner said: "We now have more than 117,000 doctors working in the Page: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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