UK doctors flee UK for New Zealand and Australia
New Zealand is growing in popularity with UK doctors looking to move abroad to escape the confines of the NHS, official figures have revealed. The number of medics applying for work overseas has increased by 20 per cent over the last half-decade.
The General Medical Council said the exodus was due to factors including health care rationing, long hours and bureaucracy. Other countries popular with doctors looking to relocate are Canada and Australia.
According to recruitment specialists British doctors working in New Zealand can often work fewer hours and take home more money than at home. Last year 4,741 certificates of good practice, which allow doctors to apply for overseas positions, were issued, according to Pulse magazine. This is up from 3,914 issued in 2009.
This year the figure is expected to rise as 2,485 certificates were issued during the first half of 2014. According to Austmedic recruitment agency managing director, Guy Hazel, GP trainees who apply for work in Australia in August could move Down Under as soon as February 2015.
He added that it was not just GPs who have recently qualified looking to relocate. Partners in practices are also keen to move to countries like New Zealand and Australia because of the better lifestyle.
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