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NHS doctors registering to work overseas could soon reach an unprecedented record

In the three days that followed the government's announcement of the new junior doctors' contract, the General Medical Council (GMC) received 1,644 requests for Certificates of Current Professional Status (CCPS) documents.
Doctors seeking to work abroad must apply for these documents from the GMC - with the increase in requests suggesting that more NHS doctors may be looking to work overseas.

To put the figures into context, those three days (16-19 September) saw an average of 548 requests per day - up from the usual daily average of between 20 and 25.

Thousands of doctors are thought to have left the UK to work overseas in recent years, with Australia, New Zealand and Canada among the most popular destinations. There are no official figures showing how many leave each year and though not all doctors who request a CCPS eventually leave the country, application rates for the certificates are considered the best indicator.


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