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NHS expands overseas GP recruitment drive despite slow progress so far

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3968 (Published 22 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3968
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

NHS England has expanded its international programme to recruit GPs from overseas, despite the scheme recruiting only 38 doctors since last year.

On Tuesday 22 August NHS England announced that it was intending to recruit 601 overseas doctors into general practice in 2017-18 and at least 2000 doctors over the next three years.1

The initial target for the programme, set out in April 2016 in the General Practice Forward View, was to recruit 500 GPs by 2020-21.2

Figures from NHS England, shared with The BMJ last month, showed that the programme had recruited only 28 GPs to Lincolnshire and 10 GPs to Essex, the first …

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