Many claim they were forced to go abroad because of a lack of jobs in the NHS. Tracking the numbers of medical professionals leaving and returning to the UK is difficult because the information is not recorded. However, when someone takes a post in another country the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have to issue a certificate of good standing. Since 2008 at least 23,823 doctors and 35,738 nurses have requested the documents. The majority were for Australia, New Zealand and the US. The cost to the public purse of training a doctor to GP level is about 500,000, while a nurses basic training comes in at 40,000. That means the overall cost to the taxpayer of the exodus of medics could be as much as 13 billion. The good standing certificate figures come in the wake of warnings of a national crisis in paediatric care due to a fall in the number of consultant paediatricians. Last summer the childrens ward at St Johns Hospital in Livingston was closed for three weeks as a result and doctors leaders fear further closures. There is also a chronic shortage of GPs in some areas, caused by record levels of immigration swelling population numbers. Dr Jean Turner, Executive Director of Scotland Patients Association said: This is a huge loss to the NHS. You have to ask if the NHS is cutting back on jobs to save its wage bill. I am aware of a midwife who had to commute from Glasgow to London for a job and came home on days off. She emigrated with her family to Australia so she could spend more time with her children.
Opinion: British doctor’s death in Syria no suicide, says former official
This doesn’t mean we are no longer compassionate — we are simply emotionally drained. Syrian doctor: I’ve lost count of amputations But, as a Syrian, you can notice few details others perhaps won’t see. For example: I don’t need any “clarifications, explanations, justifications, or elaborations” on the reasons behind the death of Khan. I know the regime killed him because the pattern of events is so typical we can almost accurately predict the regime’s next course of action when it comes to similar cases. Many regime officials have been assassinated in the last four decades and we were told that they committed suicide. You can also ask the Lebanese, for they can bear witness at the regime’s skills in shooting somebody four times, then saying they did it to themselves. Gun gesture at head British doctor dies in Syrian prison Brother on British doctor’s death in Syria I will never forget the look on the face of a prominent Syrian official who was particularly angry at the Assad regime’s response to the event in the Syrian city Daraa in the very early days of the revolution. He asked me why Bashar (al-Assad) failed to make his cousin, who was the mayor of Daraa, then commit suicide? He then made a gun gesture and pointed it at his head. He indirectly admitted that the regime did this before. Khan didn’t commit suicide using his pyjamas because Syrian prison inmates are not allowed to wear clothes. They are usually stripped down to their underwear and any garment that may pose danger to the prison guards is removed.
Syria to answer for UK doctor’s death
The body of the 32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon was flown back to London from Beirut on Sunday. An autopsy will be conducted to determine how he died. The family’s lawyer, Nabeel Sheikh, said relatives were ‘relieved that his body has been repatriated’ and that the body was being transferred to a coroner’s court in east London, where tests would be carried out. Sheikh told AFP that pathologists would be looking for signs of torture on the body. ‘The family hopes that all relevant tests as deemed necessary are carried out so as to ensure the post-mortem is concluded without delay and the body laid to rest as soon as possible,’ Sheikh said, adding that the tests would begin late Sunday or on Monday. The autopsy will be carried out by an interior ministry pathologist, but the family has asked a well-known pathologist, Nat Cary, to also ‘independently observe and participate’ in the tests, Sheikh said. Police are ‘actively involved given the circumstances surrounding Dr Khan’s death are highly suspicious’, the lawyer added. London’s Metropolitan Police said its Counter Terrorism Command was providing family liaison support and would ‘seek to assist the coroner when appropriate’. Khan’s body was escorted out of Syria on Saturday by the International Committee of the Red Cross and returned to family members waiting in Lebanon. Khan’s sister Sara on Sunday described the regime’s explanation for his death, which emerged earlier this week, as ‘despicable’. ‘We want the British government to help the family in getting those answers from the Syrians as somebody needs to own up for this absolutely cruel injustice that has been done to my brother,’ she told Sky News. The family say Khan paid the ultimate price for trying to help innocent civilians caught up in Syria’s brutal 33-month war. The doctor’s brother, Shah Nawaz Khan, blasted Britain’s handling of the case and suggested that British authorities – like their Syrian counterparts – were suspicious of the doctor because he was a Muslim of Indian origin. ‘In Syria, he’s been executed for being British – and he’s been let down by his own government for not being British enough,’ he told Sky News. ‘The accusations that they’ve made to us were … one, that he’d entered without a visa, and two that he was fixing the bones of individuals in rebel-held areas.