The Govt. yesterday made a shameful decision, they decided to exclude doctors from outside the EU from training to become consultants in the NHS.
This is designed to make sure that British doctors will get the top jobs and is quite simply wrong, this blunder makes the following scenario possible, a young just qualified British doctor starts at a hospital on the same day as a young just qualified doctor from India, they become firm friends and their medical careers run in parallel.
Both doctors are regularly promoted and they keep in touch as their career paths cross occasionally, hanging over their head will be the knowledge that the Indian doctor can’t become a consultant, he / she could well be recognised as the best senior registrar in the country by his/her peers but is excluded, how would the brilliant young Indian doctor feel ? Indeed, how would the less brilliant British doctor feel, knowing that their friend would have been a better candidate ? How would a patient feel knowing that their consultant did not get their job on merit alone ?
This stinks to high heaven and is a huge lurch in the wrong direction, it is immoral. I understand that this will become an issue for the Law Lords and I hope they kick it out.
I would like to see the organisations like the BMA who look after doctors interests come out strongly against this, it’s not rocket science, when a job comes up whether it be a medical consultant or a hospital porter it must go to the best candidate.