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More European doctors in NHS than ever

There are “more doctors than ever” coming to work in Britain from Europe, says the General Medical Council. Southern Europe now provides more doctors than South Asia to the UK- which was previously the main source. The GMC said the tightening of immigration rules for people outside the continent could explain the change. In an […]

Up to 1,000 new doctors could face unemployment

Up to 1,000 new doctors will face unemployment next year as there are too few training places available, it has been warned.UK graduates leave medical school qualified as a doctor but they must complete a foundation year, which is effectively an apprenticeship where they work under close supervision, before they are allowed to join the […]

MMR doctor wins High Court appeal

A doctor found guilty of serious professional misconduct over the MMR controversy has won his High Court appeal against being struck off.Prof John Walker-Smith carried out research with Dr Andrew Wakefield (pictured above) claiming there was a link between autism and the combined jab for measles, mumps and rubella. The study caused a fall in […]

Hundreds of foreign doctors not checked for competency

Hundreds of foreign doctors working in Britain have not been checked for language skills or competency, according to figures out today. Despite widespread outrage over the case of a German doctor with poor English whose mistake led to the death of a pensioner, less than one in four foreign doctors is currently being properly verified, […]

Doctor suspended after getting patient pregnant

A doctor who got one of his patients pregnant and then helped to arrange an abortion has been suspended from medical practice. Stephen Carr-Bains, 56, had sexual relationships with two vulnerable patients while working at a surgery at the University of Surrey. When one of the women fell pregnant he arranged for a termination but […]

Doctors reject MOT tests on medical competence

Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson’s scheme for inspectors to be appointed by every health trust has been rejected by the BMA. Ten years after the reputation of the medical profession was ripped apart by the Bristol children’s heart surgery disaster and the Harold Shipman murders, efforts to introduce regular checks on doctors’ competence, known […]

MMR vaccine row Dr Andrew Wakefield defends investigation

The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism will appeal being struck off the medical register. The General Medical Council found Dr Andrew Wakefield guilty of serious professional misconduct over the way he carried out his controversial research.It follows a GMC ruling earlier this year that he had acted unethically. Dr […]