An estimated 800 or so straight-A students in Britain have been forced to find medical schooling overseas — despite the fact the government-run healthcare system is desperately in need of doctors.
The government says it can’t afford to train doctors in Britain because of the high costs associated with the course work, so it actively encourages students to study in other countries.
And that active encouragement includes denying the students admission to some of the top medical colleges in the country.
They’re forced to go elsewhere.
Curious thing is, though: the U.K. authorities have found the money to train foreigners.
Almost 6,000 foreign doctors were hired by the country last year, the Daily Mail reported.
More from the paper:
“Official figures reveal that 770 students with three grade As or higher at A-level were rejected by medical schools last year due to a controversial Government quota system. …
“Yet almost 6,000 foreign doctors were hired in the UK last year, despite the fact overseas staff are four times more likely to be struck off for blunders than British counterparts.
“A House of Lords NHS Sustainability committee last week warned in a highly-critical report that the NHS was ‘too reliant’ on foreign staff. Committee chair Lord Patel said: ‘It is a farcical situation where the best A-level students are being told they cannot train as doctors in the UK when we are facing a major crisis in the NHS. We are not training enough doctors and the ones we are are leaving the NHS in their droves. We cannot go on like this. We need to own our ability to train doctors. This is the biggest problem facing the NHS.’”