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RCSEd Response to News that the Government is Considering Allowing more Overseas Doctors to Enter the UK Through the Medical Training Initiative (MTI)

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30 Nov 2018

Responding to the news that the Government is considering allowing more overseas doctors to enter the UK through the medical training initiative (MTI), as well as increase their length of stay from two to three years, Professor Michael Griffin OBE, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said

“I am delighted that the Government is considering this move.

“NHS Improvement estimates a shortage of 9,337 doctors in England. MTI can help bridge this gap as well as promote the overall knowledge, experience and best practice of the NHS.

“However, it is important that overseas doctors are not used to merely fill rota gaps, but that they receive structured training and mentoring during their time in the UK. Our IMGSS and RISFP programmes help achieve this, and we look forward to building on their successes in 2019.”


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated in as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its examinations, and is also increasingly involved in the provision of surgical training and education, offering the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. RCSEd’s commercial enterprises offer conferencing and event facilities at The Playfair Building, Symposium Hall and Quincentenary Hall, and runs the Ten Hill Place Hotel.

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The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or mail@rcsed.ac.uk.

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