Following the General Medical Council’s announcement that it is adding additional test dates for the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Boards (PLAB) exams, in a move aimed at supporting a healthy supply of doctors to the UK, David Green, Co-Founder of Remedium Partners comments, “As a specialist consultancy that focuses on bringing in talented doctors from overseas to fill permanent posts within NHS Trusts, we welcome the news that the GMC is taking active steps to increase the flow of overseas doctors by adding more dates at weekends for individuals seeking to take the PLAB exams.”

“It’s no secret that hospitals are facing acute skills shortages and, as a result, are increasingly relying on the expertise of overseas doctors. And with the GMC predicting that over 5,000 doctors will sit the PLAB exams this year alone, up from 3,000 in 2017, it is encouraging to see that active steps to break down the barriers that prevent them from working in the UK are being taken.”

“While we wholeheartedly support this move, it can’t be forgotten that there are other bureaucratic barriers that overseas doctors face – namely securing visas – that either delay or, in some cases, stop them practicing in the UK that also need consideration. Consequently we would like to see the Government address this, for example by relaxing and reforming the current visa system to ensure that it is as easy as possible for talented health professionals to access the system.”

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