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a exam imageApril 16 2018

The General Medical Council is expecting more than 5,000 doctors from overseas to sit the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) this year. 

This is more than a 2,000 increase on the 2017 figure and reflects that “hundreds more overseas doctors are applying to work in the UK each year,” said the GMC. It described the increase in applications as “welcome news for the medical workforce.”

Jane Durkin, Assistant Director of Registration at the GMC, said: “Last year nearly 3,000 doctors travelled from across the world, to the GMC’s offices in Manchester, to sit the practical assessment to work in the UK. This year we expect more than 5,000 doctors to take the exam.

“The medical profession in the UK relies on the expertise of doctors from overseas. Their contribution and the diversity of experience they bring are invaluable.”

However, the GMC says that despite the increasing numbers of international doctors applying to join the register, “there is still some way to go to ensure we can meet challenges in demand to make up the shortfall, heightened by a drop in medical students at UK universities in recent years and greater uptake of flexible working and career breaks.”

It is calling on the government to address aspects such as visa applications and has flagged up its free half-day ‘Welcome to UK practice’ workshops. These are intended to support new arrivals to ease their transition into living and working in the UK.

Links:
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GMC ‘Welcome to UK practice’ workshops       

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