NHS Recruited 3,000 Doctors From Overseas Last Year Senior Doctor Says Workforce Planning Is A 'Shambles' 30.01.2015 The NHS has recruited as many as 3,000 doctors who trained overseas in the past year in a desperate attempt to plug staff shortages, an investigation by the Guardian has revealed. Doctors have been hired from countries including India, Poland, Australia, Greece, Iraq, Syria and Sudan at around one in five trusts in England. University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Southampton recruited 113 overseas doctors in the last year. Many are being hired to carry out specialist work, such as radiology, A&E and ophthalmology. Dr David Rosser, Medical Director of University Hospitals Birmingham, said the NHS simply doesn't have the number of doctors it requires. "The shortage is real. We aren’t training enough doctors in this country, and so we are dependent on foreign-trained doctors," he told the newspaper. "Doctors in more and more branches of medicine report shortages, especially in specialities such as A&E, where it’s tough work." He went on to describe NHS central workforce planning as a "shambles" and said the tightening of visa rules has made it harder for many junior doctors to stay in the UK long enough to complete their training, often driving them to other countries. Expert Opinion The number of foreign medical professionals being used to fill vacancies in the UK is concerning and it obviously indicates that recruitment is an issue within the NHS. While it is important positions are filled, it is crucial foreign doctors being recruited are capable of providing the highest standards of care, which includes being correctly trained and being able to communicate with patients. “Patient safety should always be the number one priority of the NHS and we hope any foreign doctors being employed in the UK are able to treat their patients to the best of their ability and meet the standards expected of them.” Julie Lewis, Partner Key contact Julie Lewis Partner +44 (0)370 1500 100 Email Julie Tags Medical Negligence General Medical Problems Misdiagnosis Related articles 23.05.2017Tribunal To Determine Status Of Deliveroo Riders 23.05.2017Terminally Ill Hospital Worker Appeals To Former Colleagues After Asbestos Cancer Diagnosis 23.05.2017Taylor Report Expected To Recommend Right To Request Guaranteed Hours 22.05.2017Former Commercial Manager Appeals To Former Colleagues For Help Following Cancer Diagnosis 22.05.2017Wallsend Road Bridge Asbestos Removal Welcomed 'But Questions Remain'