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European Doctors Are Losing Interest and Hope on the U.K.

European Doctors Are Losing Interest and Hope on the U.K.
In 2017, there has been drop of 9 per cent in the number of doctors deciding to migrate to the U.K. from other European countries. This was an eight-year low. This was revealed in a news report based on new figures from the U.K.’s General Medical Council.
Compared to the peak of 4,644 doctors getting into the U.K. in 2014 from other Eu countries, there were 3,458 new doctors who get themselves registered din the U.K. in 2017 – noting a decrease of 26 per cent.
This trend is set to get even worse due to U.K. decision on Brexit in 2016 according to doctors already working in the U.K. despite the effort of the Theresa May government to reassure the working status of non-British professionals working in the U.K. after completion of Brexit, there is yet to be a clear directive on this issue.
Since 2014, there has been a drop in the number of doctors coming to the U.K. from other EU nations.
The U.K.’s National Health Service is deeply linked with the British identity as well as its mission of providing government funded healthcare for every on in the country. The pro Brexit campaign had promised that every week £350 million ($487 million) would be inducted into the NHS from money that would be saved by not having to pay for the EU membership.
Demands for more funding for the NHS was made earlier this month in a demonstration by thousands in London. NHS was called “broke” by U.S. President Donald Trump in a tweet recently.
About 10 per cent of all the doctors in the NHS are migrants from other EU countries and the health agency has had to deeply rely on migrant doctors fill gaps in staffing in recent years. By 2027, health care demands would warrant the need for 190,000 new positions in the NHS according to a study conducted last year. that shortage could become worse due to Brexit.
The data was however nulled by a spokeswoman for the Department of Health who claimed that the data was “misleading” and claimed that 212 more doctors who belong to other European countries were working in the NHS in England in the month of September 2017 compared to the number a year earlier.
 “Some apparent increases in staff numbers for particular nationalities and nationality groups is likely to be due to improved data coverage rather than genuine increases,” said a parliamentary report on doctor data released earlier in February. “To present this as the full story would be misleading” the report said. 
Elias Mossialos, professor of health policy at the London School of Economics said that U.K. has been a favorite relocation destination for European doctors because of widespread knowledge of English, the chance of working and living in the U.K. without a visa and high-quality scientific research.
“Pay is not necessarily the best, and living standards elsewhere are not as expensive,” Mossialos said. He added that often, Scandinavian countries or Germany are regarded to be more attractive for European doctors.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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