UK bans Aussie doctors After reading this article this I am sure that Australian and all non EU Goverments will introduce the reciprocal measures. The Australian UK bans Aussie doctors Leigh Dayton | February 08, 2008 DOCTORS from Australia and other Commonwealth nations will be barred from working in Britain's public health system from next month. The move, announced yesterday, is designed to safeguard jobs for British doctors, thousands of whom failed to obtain posts last year because of overseas medical graduates seeking wider experience or specialist training. "It's a knee-jerk response to do with the oversupply of British-trained doctors," said Gary Speck, Australian Medical Association vice-president. His counterpart in the British Medical Association, Hamish Meldrum, was equally unimpressed. "This is a confusing move, which seems to achieve little apart from adding to the uncertainty for overseas doctors in the NHS (National Health Service)," he said. Among the 277,000 doctors registered in Britain, roughly half are from Commonwealth nations, including Australia. While applications will no longer be accepted from Australia and other countries outside the EU, doctors from nations on the banned list who are already working in Britain will not be pushed out of positions. The restrictions reverse a tradition of relying on overseas-trained doctors to fill NHS positions. But since 1997, the number of medical school places in Britain has almost doubled, and there are now enough home-grown graduates to fill training posts. Last year, many British doctors were denied jobs, or won only short-term positions, as 10,000 overseas-trained doctors applied for 20,000 posts, causing a collapse in the process for selecting doctors for higher education. AMA executive counsellor John Gullotta said the ban would hit young Australian doctors hardest as they headed overseas for further training and experience in a different setting. "In Australia, by 2012, the number of medical graduates will increase quite significantly. However, we have to ensure that they're adequately trained and we have the training positions in all specialties available here in Australia," he said. Britain's new rules are expected to cut the pool of potential applications by 3000-5000 by next year. But officials admitted yesterday that this would still not be enough to ensure all British graduates landed jobs. Between 700 and 1100 young doctors will probably be denied jobs next year and beyond. The British Department of Health announced it would consult over proposals to impose additional limits on foreign applications. Its preferred option is to tell regional public health bodies that international medical graduates should be eligible for posts only if there are no suitable applications from Britain or the EU, effectively excluding almost all of them. "They should have done this years ago," said Matthew Jamieson-Evans, spokesman for RemedyUK, a lobby group formed by young British doctors. "If they had done it sooner, it would have avoided a lot oftrouble." Also yesterday, Britain's medical regulator launched a major inquiry into the competence of foreign doctors after it emerged that they were twice as likely to face disciplinary hearings as British medical graduates.