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UK Doctors call for centralised system of job applications
by BMA - 4516 reads, based on 2 votes
New medical school graduates should apply to their first house job through a centralised body, the BMA Medical Students Committee suggests. In a new paper, Applications to foundation programmes, the MSC proposes a model for applying to the new Modernising Medical Careers Foundation Programmes with similarities to the UCAS system for university applications. Final year UK medical students would apply, through a central board, to a maximum of 20 or 30 programmes anywhere in the country.... More

Second National Conferance of BAPIO in UK
by pupprabhu - 3661 reads, based on 1 vote
Dear friends, I am very new to this site and very impressed. To help and support doctors coming to UK from Indian Subcontinent we have formed an organisation called The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO). On 19th March at Leicester we have our second National Conference to discuss 'Opportunities for Ethnic Minority Doctors in the NHS. ... More

certificate of conduct for jobs in Uk
by palaash78 - 4535 reads, based on 6 votes
Whether you are applying for limited, provisional or full registration, you must show evidence that you are in good standing with the competent medical authorities in the country or state where you obtained your primary medical qualification, and in any other countries or states where you have practised during the five years before you apply to the GMC. In each case this will normally be a Certificate of Good Standing. ... More

NHS is now heavily dependent on Overseas Doctors
by BMJ - 4722 reads, based on 14 votes
The NHS has become increasingly dependent on doctors who have trained overseas according to a latest research paper published in British Medical Journal. The latest analysis, published on bmj.com, found that 15% of consultants appointed during 1964-91 were trained overseas. Doctors who qualified abroad now represent nearly a quarter (24%) of all consultants appointed since 1991, the researchers said.... More

PLAB doctors to receive licence
by uzmagha - 4845 reads, based on 5 votes
The GMC is scrapping limited registration for international doctors and will now give immediate full registration to aid their entry into the UK health system. Under the new arrangements, to take effect from April next year, overseas doctors who pass the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test will get full registration, plus a provisional licence to practise without the restrictions currently placed on their scope and duration of practice. ... More

Junior Doctors Hours
by BMA - 3090 reads, based on 1 vote
Leaders of the British Medical Association met Health Minister John Hutton today to discuss issues around the implementation of the European Working Time Directive, which comes into force for junior doctors*on 1 August. ... More

Five Indian doctors sued BMA for racial discrimination setlled for 130,000
by ICW - 6886 reads, based on 9 votes
FIVE doctors who claimed the British Medical Association racially discriminated against them settled their case yesterday for 130,000. Dr Fahtima Farook, from Cardiff, Dr Sheedhar Vasdo Vaidya, from the East Midlands, Dr Kumar Ghosh, from Manchester, Vijay Jadhav, from Kingston upon Thames, and Vanlila Bera, from Birmingham, agreed the settlement just hours before their case was due to be heard at a Manchester employment tribunal.... More

Basic changes in doctors training in UK from August 2005
by BMA - 3288 reads, based on 1 vote
Under the government's 'Modernising Medical Careers' plans, from August 2005 the first two years of junior doctors' training are to be replaced with a 'foundation programme'. However, there is currently very little information about the content of the second year of the programmes, or how doctors' skills will be assessed. ... More

Rising stress levels amongst UK doctors
by BMA - 3355 reads, based on 1 vote
The suicide rate among doctors in the UK is double the national average. There are many doctors who drink too much and take drugs to help them cope, however, there are no specific figures. ... More

UK Doctors deride denim
by BMA - 3308 reads, based on 1 vote
Only one in six doctors believes it is appropriate to wear jeans when seeing patients, and three quarters think what they wear makes a difference to how a patient views their competence. ... More

Blocking the brain drain to UK
by BMA - 2969 reads, based on 1 vote
The migration of doctors from the developing world to rich western nations is an even bigger problem than HIV/Aids.... More

Unease over future regulation of doctors in UK
by GMC - 3486 reads, based on 1 vote
From 1 January 2005 every UK doctor will need a license to practice. Most will be able to secure revalidation of their license by annual appraisal. This has led to confusion and unease about whether revalidation is intended to detect poor performance, and if so, whether the process will suffice, argues an expert in this week's BMJ. In 2001, Professor Tim van Zwanenberg analysed the development of policy for the revalidation of general practitioners. Negotiations involved the profession, the government, and the General Medical Council (the profession's regulator). ... More

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