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NHS junior doctors who move abroad “should pay back training costs”

Junior doctors should be forced to pay back some of their training costs to the NHS if they work abroad after qualifying, a healthcare leader said yesterday.

It costs the taxpayer £220,000 to train each doctor and some trusts are suffering from severe shortages. New doctors would be forced to remain loyal to the NHS, as if they were in the military, for a set period under the proposal.

Niall Dickson, head of the NHS Confederation, which represents senior managers, said staff shortages were the biggest concern for the health service. He suggested that doctors sign a contract for several years with the NHS.

Read more in The Times.


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