The UK's programme of training doctors for Australia and the US is set to be temporarily dented by a proposed requirement for financial penalties for those who leave within four years of qualification - probably the period of their lowest earnings, and therefore cheapest for the NHS. As a scheme to get two English trained Housemen for the cost of a single Sudanese-trained agency quack it has merits.
Of course, the greatest qualification required by new medical graduates today is the ability to the use the NHS computer that tells them what to do. Today's doctors are so woefully unskilled and inept that they cannot be left to make their own diagnoses or to prescribe treatment; patients have a better chance of survival if their doctors follow the flow-charts and computer systems provided by the NHS. A chum of mine at medical school had to use lengthy and quite filthy mnemonics to remember the cranial nerves and suchlike, whilst mine own to remember the French bourgeois virtues was just so memorable (All English Men Chew Toffee On Dreary Mondays*) I can still use it after forty years.
Anyway, the news that medical training places are to rise to their 2007 levels from the 2016 level of about 6,000 a year will at least give (after an initial hiatus) the US and Australia young doctors with four years of postgrad experience under their belts.
*Assiduite Economie Mediocrite Conjugalite Tenacite Optimisme Dynamisme Modernite (insert your own accents)