The BBC published concerning news (29th February 2016) about the current staff shortages in the NHS. According to the Inside Out programme shown on BBC 1, nearly 70% of NHS trusts are now actively recruiting doctors and nurses from outside the UK to plug a record staffing gap.
The increase in demand for NHS services has created an acute need to increase the number of frontline clinical staff. An increasing and ageing population has meant the NHS is having to cater to a larger number of patients, often with highly complex clinical needs.
The number of vacancies for doctors in England and Wales over the period 2013-2015 has increased by 60%. When one considers the number of training places for doctors in UK universities has not kept up with this increasing demand, this trend is unlikely to change anytime soon. NHS trusts are going to be depending on overseas trained doctors to step up and fill these vacant positions.
This story is welcome news if you are one of the thousands of students considering studying Medicine in Europe. With this situation unlikely to change, more and more NHS trusts are going to be looking to employ UK doctors who have secured their medicine degree from the best universities in Europe.
In the coming years, the hundreds of students Medical Doorway have assisted, will be returning to the UK as newly qualified doctors. They are going to find an NHS desperate for their knowledge and skills and for our students this will be the culmination of six years of hard work.
If you are an aspiring doctor and want to play your part, then now is the time to get in touch with the team at Medical Doorway and benefit from our FREE advice and counselling. In the coming weeks entrance exams for the best universities in Europe commence and the selection process will begin for all of our universities with September 2016 and February 2017 enrolments. Get in touch now at [email protected] or call us on +44(0)1782898151.
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