National Health Service (NHS) England is planning on paying agencies up to £100m to help with the recruitment of around 3,000 additional GPs from abroad in a bid to increase staffing numbers before April 2020.
NHS England said that a GP International Recruitment Office has been launched to organise and run the scaled-up programme operation, with the aim of bridging the gap between the numbers they are successfully recruiting and the number of doctors practices want. The recruitment agencies will identify, screen and interview potential candidates, as well as provide relocation services.
The agencies will be required to deliver comprehensive recruitment services alongside non-clinical training and relocation services via the £100m contract. Bids from single organisations, consortia and special purpose vehicles are all permitted. Interested parties can apply until 22 September 2017.
By 2020, the Five Year Forward View aims to deliver 5,000 new doctors and a main part of the GP Forward View is to recruit a proportion of these from overseas starting from autumn this year. It is anticipated that around 3,000 of those new doctors may be recruited from overseas.
The Director of primary care at NHS England, Dr Arvind Madan said that most of the new GPs will continue to be trained in this country, and general practice will benefit from the 25 per cent increase in medical school places over the coming years.
NHS has a proud history of ethically employing international medical professionals, with one in five GPs currently coming from overseas. The new plan will provide new recruits to help improve services for patients and lessen some of the pressure on hard working GPs across the country, he added.
The honorary treasurer for the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), Dr Steve Mowle said that the plan to hire thousands of doctors from overseas “is a bold step, which if successful will make a real difference in reaching this target”.
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