Comments are closed. A drive to recruit hundreds of overseas doctors to work in the NHS waslaunched last week. But NHS experts have warned that the Government needs to provide bettertraining and support for overseas doctors if they are to provide an effectivesolution to skills shortages. Dr Surendar Kumar, chairman of the Overseas Doctors Association, said,”There needs to be a proper training and induction structure in place forrecruits from different cultures. “To expect a doctor coming from a different culture to be proficient inhow the NHS works is ridiculous. We need to introduce four- to six-week clinicalplacements for overseas recruits so they can see how the NHS works.” The recruitment drive involves a worldwide advertising campaign targetingsenior doctors in Europe, Australia, Canada, Asia and the US. Spain, Germanyand Italy will receive particular attention because they train more medicalstudents than they have jobs for. John Adsett, secretary for Association of Healthcare Human ResourcesManagement, said, “It is a big culture shock and you have to prepareproper induction packages and be fully aware of the cultural background of therecruits.” Adsett argued that overseas recruitment was only a short-term solution to astaffing crisis. “You must recruit and retain your own staff. The difficulty the NHSfaces is getting the training numbers for doctors right in the UK andattracting enough students to the profession,” he said. Last year, the NHS Plan set a target of employing 7,500 more consultants and2,000 more GPs by the end of 2004. #By Karen Higginbottom Previous Article Next Article Training warning as NHSseeks doctors overseasOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.