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    I've been told that new policies were drafted preventing anyone who is not a UK national from working in the UK. Can anyone verify if this is true? A backup plan of mine is to attend a medical school in the Caribbean, which will allow me to take my first, third, and fourth years in the UK, and then take the PLAB and ultimately practice there. However, if what I've been told is true, this would all be a big waste of time, and even attending a school in the UK would be useless as I don't have UK national status. Of course, I'm hoping it isn't as it seems there are many students from Singapore/Malaysia/etc who end up studying in the UK, and so I doubt they're all prohibited from practicing in the UK.
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    It's not that internationals are prohibited from working as doctors in the UK. If you graduate from a UK medical school you will get a foundation job. The discrimination comes in once you start to apply for specialist training, though I can't remember exactly how it works. The easy answer is that if you want to practise in the UK, going to medical school in the UK is the best option. Some of those Caribbean ones are not recognised by the GMC.
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    (Original post by reevoo)
    I've been told that new policies were drafted preventing anyone who is not a UK national from working in the UK. Can anyone verify if this is true? A backup plan of mine is to attend a medical school in the Caribbean, which will allow me to take my first, third, and fourth years in the UK, and then take the PLAB and ultimately practice there. However, if what I've been told is true, this would all be a big waste of time, and even attending a school in the UK would be useless as I don't have UK national status. Of course, I'm hoping it isn't as it seems there are many students from Singapore/Malaysia/etc who end up studying in the UK, and so I doubt they're all prohibited from practicing in the UK.
    I did some research on this when considering my options last year as I was not a UK citizen during my A2 year (so was "forced" to take the gap year I'm currently on due to the insane competition for international places). I'm no expert on the matter but I think the law requires that when recruiting for any medical appointments (apart from foundation jobs), preference must be given to applicants who are both graduates and nationals of UK or EU countries. There was a judicial review when this was challenged but I do not know what the result was.

    Be sure to investigate a medical school in the Caribbean thoroughly as many of them are not on the World Health Organisation's list of recognised medical schools (can be found here: http://www.who.int/hrh/wdms/en/ ).

    (Original post by Helenia)
    It's not that internationals are prohibited from working as doctors in the UK. If you graduate from a UK medical school you will get a foundation job. The discrimination comes in once you start to apply for specialist training, though I can't remember exactly how it works. The easy answer is that if you want to practise in the UK, going to medical school in the UK is the best option. Some of those Caribbean ones are not recognised by the GMC.
    As Helenia has pointed out, you can do your foundation training if you graduate from a UK medical school even if you are a non-EU national. However, when you apply for specialist training, preference will be given to British and EU citizens. Non-EU citizens may be accepted onto a post provided that there are not any EU applicants.

    You may want to consider attending a medical school within the EU (check out Charles University in Prague which has much lower entry standards or alternatively one of the Irish medical schools) as then you don't have to sit the PLAB. Similar agreements are in place with medical schools in Malta (which actually participates in the foundation programme and graduates are treated on the same basis as British graduates), Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

    Also check out the International Medical University in Malaysia which allows you to come to Britain for your clinical years and study and get a degree from one of their affiliated medical schools in the UK and then get a foundation job here.

    Hope this helps...
 
 
 
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