A concerned reader sends this link to a junior doctor’s blog – summarised:
There’s been enough of heated opinion lately- so let’s just serve cold hard facts.
Hunt’s plan to replace foreign doctors with ‘homegrown’ talent is as laughable as it is xenophobic. We are already in the midst of a workforce crisis:
- applications to medical school dropped 13.5% in the last 5 years,
- increasing numbers of junior doctors are leaving training and the country,
- the existing doctor workforce increasingly cover the work of two or more doctors
- 7 in 10 doctors work in departments where at least one doctor is missing,
- 2/5 of consultant posts are unfilled,
- 96% of doctors work in wards with nurse shortages.
- Health Education England, the body that funds training of so-called ‘homegrown’ talent, has had its budget slashed by £1 billion next year
- Around 25% of the doctor workforce are non-UK, and 10-15% of all NHS staff.
We are well below the European average in hospital beds per person and doctors per person in the NHS as we are – yet Jeremy Hunt plans to push away up to a quarter of the workforce and cut the training budget.
He has no plans to actually address the drop in ‘homegrown’ talent already, a direct repercussion of Hunt’s own morale plummeting war against the profession and yet Theresa May claims that this year was one of the most successful yet for the NHS.