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I have just read a very interesting article on BMJ Careers this week about foreign doctors, particularly from EU countries, locuming in the UK. It illustrates a bit the lessons doctors from other EU countries can learn from German doctors, who have a long tradition of locuming in the UK.
I have been contacted recently by a UK locum company, which has been recently recruiting in Portugal. This is happening for the first time, so we have no experience of Portuguese doctors locuming in UK hospitals and surgeries. I am currently doing my GP vocational training, so I don't contemplate doing this sort of thing now, but I don't discard it in the future, particularly because it is a way to experience a new healthcare system, while at the same time receiving better finantial incentives than at home.
Are EU doctors well regarded in the UK? I am surprised that the locum company operating here is recruiting chiefly to A&E departments of UK hospitals. Why is this happening? The UK is one of the few European countries with an Emergency Medicine specialty. Why does the UK need EU doctors to work in A&E?
Do EU locum doctors get to undergo any continuous professional development and training as well, while in the UK?
The issue of EU medical mobility is on the rise, but surprisingly not much has been published about it. This article might be a great start.