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BMA Warns of Young Doctors' Exodus

Magazine article Public Finance

BMA Warns of Young Doctors' Exodus

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Taxpayers could lose millions of pounds if thousands of junior doctors join an exodus overseas, the British Medical Association said this week.

It costs up to £250,000 to train a doctor from entry into medical school to full registration, though the full cost will be higher, as most doctors continue training for several years after registration.

But the BMA warned that the controversy over the new medical training application scheme had dented many junior doctors' confidence in the NHS and many were planning to work abroad.

A BMA survey of 648 applicants found 55% would seek a training opportunity overseas and complete their whole training there if their MTAS application failed - 4.5% said they already had offers to go overseas. The BMA said this would keep them out of the NHS for at least five years and in many cases for their whole careers.

'The NHS could lose thousands of its best young doctors simply because of poor planning. …

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