Media reports say an unprecedented number of National Health Service physicians have registered for certificate allowing them to work overseas.
According to the reports, the General Medical Council has received 1,644 requests for certificates of current professional status (CCPS) — required to work abroad — in just three days last week. Usually, the regulator receives 20-25 a day.
This has sounded the alarm for the government as it may face disaster in the health sector.
The surge in applications began last week after the Department of Health said it would impose the contract on England’s 53 thousand junior doctors. The contract will cut the doctors’ pay by up to 40%, forcing them to work more antisocial shifts.
The British Medical Association’s (BMA) junior doctors committee said the GMC figures were proof of the government’s folly.
Kitty Mohan, co-chair of the committee, said: “These figures should serve as a serious wakeup call to the government. There has been an outpouring of anger over plans to impose a new contact and there is a real risk that junior doctors will speak with their feet. To lose a large swath of doctors in the early stages of their careers would be disaster for the NHS.”