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Indian doctors in the NHS

Categories: Medicine

Countries: Indian Sub-continent

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The 2019  Hindustan Times provides the following:

There are currently nearly 30,000 doctors in the National Health Service (NHS) who gained their primary qualifications in India. Besides, there are as many doctors of Indian-origin in the NHS, mostly UK-born and educated children of Indian migrants.
 
"Hailed for their central role in NHS’ development as architects and ‘lifeblood’, Indian doctors are also reflected in popular culture; for example, in the BBC’s five-part ‘The Indian Doctor’ television drama set in the 1960s in a south Wales mining village, starring Sanjeev Bhaskar and Ayesha Dharker, telecast in 2010. Julian M. Simpson, author of a book on doctors from India and south Asia, titled ‘Migrant architects of the NHS’, says: “Doctors from the Indian sub-continent were not just contributing to the NHS, they were its very lifeblood. We should acknowledge they were among the architects of the NHS.”

"Mayur Lakhani, RCGP president, said: “General practice in the UK would not be what it is today without the hard work, innovation, and courage of our predecessors...Indeed, without them, our profession and the NHS might not even exist at all”. “Not only were they doctors, but they became highly-valued members of the communities in which they practised. Whilst many faced incredible challenges, our exhibition also documents the overwhelmingly positive and lifelong relationships they forged with their patients”. The NHS currently faces a severe shortage of GPs (primary care) and hospital doctors running into thousands. Hospital managers have initiated some recruitment drives in India, besides opening more training avenues for newly-graduated doctors in India."

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