As the NHS moves closer and closer to the brink a new scheme is being introduced to address the increasing shortages of trained doctors within the NHS, through the Refugees Programme for Overseas Doctors.
According to the British Medical Association, BMA, ‘refugee doctors make a valuable contribution to the delivery of healthcare services in the UK and we have been involved in many initiatives, working with a broad coalition of other organisations.’
The project is already being trailed through a collaboration between North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, in the North East.
The programme has been welcomed by Deputy Medical Director, of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Jane Metcalf, who has stated the importance of ‘supporting refugees who had a background in health care in their own countries’.
Already in the programme, are Ahmad Zia Baluch, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, who was working as a specialist paediatric orthopaedic doctor at a children’s hospital in Kabul, when he was hunted down by the Taliban for working NATO.