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NHS could bring in hundreds of doctors from India to stem A&E crisis

NHS could bring in hundreds of doctors from India to stem A&E crisis

Hundreds of doctors may be drafted in from India and Pakistan to plug a spiralling crisis in Accident & Emergency departments, health officials say.

The scheme will start in Greater Manchester, with 20 medics due to be flown from India this year for up to three years. The region's eight Accident & Emergency departments have been under severe strain in recent weeks amid staffing shortages. The project is being run by the Greater Manchester devolution team and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust.

Officials behind the plans said the scheme, backed by Health Education England, could be expanded in respond to widespread shortages of A&E doctors across the country. Andrew Foster, trust chief executive told Health Service Journal the region's A&E departments were now "very reliant on locums." The project is being run by the Greater Manchester devolution team and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust.

"Most of the trusts needed around 10 to 12 "middle grade" doctors, but only had two or three. Mr Foster, who was formerly Department of Health director of human resources, said the plans could form part of a national recruitment exercise. "We are talking about the possibility of getting 200 [trainees] from India and the same number from Pakistan," he said.

In November a report by the Commons health select committee warned that A&E departments need at least 8,000 doctors - 50 per cent more than the 5,300 currently employed - to keep pace with the rise in emergency admissions in the last five years. The project is being run by the Greater Manchester devolution team and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust.

Source: The Telegraph

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