Indian doctors in UK not preferred for jobs – India

16 apr 2016

LONDON: Indian doctors in the UK may find it difficult to apply for jobs under the proposed changes to the country’s visa regime with plans to introduce a new test for the employers for ensuring European workers are given priority for skilled jobs.

If employers wished to recruit a migrant from outside the settled workforce for a skilled job, they will need to show that they have carried out the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) unless the post is on the shortage occupation list, according to the new proposals.

The UK Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation of a new RLMT to ensure UK and European workers are given priority for skilled jobs would mean that Indian medical graduates will be eligible to apply for higher training posts within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) only once most vacancies are already filled up.

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), a representative body of nearly 50,000 Indian-origin doctors in the country, has decided to write to the UK Home Office warning of an impending “chaos” for NHS.

We want to ensure Indian doctors are not used simply as a pair of hands to service the NHS. They should be treated equally as local doctors and given proper training before they return to their countries of origin,” BAPIO President Dr Ramesh Mehta told PTI yesterday.

“These new proposals solve political issues and not practical problems. In real life, these proposals are unlikely to work properly. The UK needs professional staff in the healthcare field as there is a huge shortage of doctors and nurses in the country. This move will cause chaos for the NHS, besides being unfair on doctors from overseas,” he said.

As part of a wider plan to engage with the NHS, BAPIO has facilitated a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham and the Maharashtra government to initially bring 10 doctors from India to train in emergency medicine in the UK.

“Emergency medicine is at a nascent stage in India and under this win-win situation, the NHS gets qualified doctors to meet shortages and the Indian doctors get mentoring and training in the UK.

“At the end of the two years, these specially trained doctors will return to government hospitals in Maharashtra and a new batch of 10 doctors will take their place,” Mehta said.

BAPIO is planning on expanding these MoUs on a national scale between India and the UK.

“Foreign health workers make a valuable contribution to the NHS,” Department of Health (DoH) said.

The NHS had turned to the Indian sub-continent during severe staff shortages in the 1960s and early 2000s to increase the headcount of doctors. But the changing visa regime over the years has seen a considerable drop in the number of Indian doctors in the UK, from around 10,265 in 2009 to 6,880 in 2015.

If the latest proposals are cleared by the government, a much sharper drop is expected in these figures.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has also registered its concerns over these changes in a letter to UK Immigration Minister James Brokenshire.

“UK medical graduates from overseas and international medical graduates are essential members of our medical workforce and the NHS is dependent on them to provide high- quality, reliable and safe services to patients.

“These changes ignore that key fact and if they are implemented by the government they could have a series of unintended and harmful consequences for patient care and the wider NHS,” Chair of BMA Council Dr Mark Porter said.


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Indian-Origin Doctor Warns UK Government Over Work Pressure on doctors – India

25 oct 2015

LONDON:  One of Britain’s senior-most Indian-origin doctors today warned the UK government not to pile more pressure on already over-worked medical staff in the country.

Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) General Practice Committee, made his comments in reference to Prime Minister David Cameron’s election pledge to ensure general practitioners (GPs) surgeries will be open seven days a week.

“The government must halt its surreal obsession for practices to open seven days when there aren’t the GPs to even cope with current demands,” Mr Nagpaul said at an annual conference of local medical committees.

He said that it can compromise the quality of care provided in the country.

“It would damage quality care by spreading GPs so thinly, and replace continuity of care with impersonal shift work, and will reduce our availability for older, vulnerable patients,” he added.

During the general election campaign earlier this year, the ruling Conservatives pledged access to GPs between 8 am and 8 pm seven days a week, by 2020 in England. The party also pledged everyone over 75 would get a same-day appointment to see their GP.

But the proposals have been rejected and GPs warn that plans to recruit 5,000 more doctors in England would fail as they are fleeing the profession due to being over-worked and the lack of support.

Mr Nagpaul, who is also the principal spokesperson for UK-based GPs said, “It’s absolutely pointless promising 5,000 extra GPs within this Parliament if we lose 10,000 GPs retiring in the same period,” Mr said Nagpaul, pointing to a survey of 15,000 GPs which showed one in three intending to retire.

He said demand on services has soared as practices are used as the “backstop for every problem in the NHS and beyond”.

There were 40 million more GP appointments annually than five years ago, yet the proportion of NHS funds spent in general practice was falling, he said, calling for a complete overhaul of the system.

The UK government’s Department of Health dismissed the warnings as “overly negative and pessimistic view” from the doctors’ union.

“Thousands of GPs across the country are already offering patients GP access seven days a week – by next March, a third of the country will be covered.

“We have made it very clear that we will train 5,000 more GPs and have backed the NHS’s own plan for the future by investing the 8 billion pounds it needs to transform care closer to home,” a spokesperson said.

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Indian doctors are FOUR times struck off than those trained in Britain – India

25 oct 2015

Indian doctors are FOUR times more likely to be struck off than those trained in Britain

  • In the last five years, one in 1,000 British-trained doctors were struck off
  • During the same period, one in 250 Indian-trained doctors were struck off
  • About a third of doctors currently working in the UK were trained abroad
  • But 75% of those struck off between 2008 and 2013 were trained overseas

Doctors working in Britain who received their training in India are four times more likely to be struck off than those who trained locally, figures have revealed.

The General Medical Council (GMC) statistics show that between 2008 and 2013, 117 Indian and Pakistani doctors were stuck off the medical register.

During the same time period, 142 doctors who trained in Britain were struck off.

 Figures released by the General Medical Council show that between 2008 and 2013, 117 Indian and Pakistani doctors were stuck off the medical register – proportionally four times higher than those trained in Britain

Proportionally, this means about one in 1,000 British-trained doctors were struck off, compared to one in 250 of those trained in India and one in 350 of those trained in Pakistan, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Currently, about a third of the doctors working in Britain received their training abroad, but 75 per cent of those who were struck off the medical register in 2013 were trained overseas.

Since 2008, 458 doctors in Britain have been struck off.

The largest proportion of these were trained in this country, followed by those trained in India, Pakistan, Egypt and Nigeria.

The figures have prompted concerns about the level of scrutiny overseas doctors are subjected to before being allowed to work in this country.

However, the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) says the figures do not reflect poorer medical training in India and Pakistan.

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Currently, about a third of the doctors working in Britain received their training abroad

Instead, it says the statistics show that Indian doctors face discrimination when subjected to investigation by the GMC.

Dr Ramesh Mehta, president of BAPIO, told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Over the years we have repeatedly pointed out to the GMC that foreign doctors are treated harshly in disciplinary procedures.

‘It is ironic that on the one hand Indian doctors are being criticised and on the other hand they are being courted.’

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, added: ‘We are here to protect the public and make sure that doctors who treat patients are safe to do so, regardless of where they have received their training.

‘These figures demonstrate that we will take action where doctors fall short of the standards we expect.

‘International medical graduates make a huge contribution to healthcare in the UK and the vast majority of them provide excellent care for their patients.

‘However, we know that doctors coming here from overseas can find it difficult to adapt to different cultural norms and it is certainly true that in the past not enough was done to support them when they first came to practise in this country.

‘More is now being done – we ourselves run a “welcome to UK practice” programme and all doctors coming here are now part of national system of regular checks.

‘We have also commissioned a major review of how we assess their knowledge and skills when they apply to join the UK register – the review will report later this year.’

Currently in the UK there are 150,000 doctors who have been trained in Britain.

There are also about 30,000 licensed doctors who trained in India and Pakistan.

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AAP Result is Biggest-Ever Victory in an Indian State Election – India

16 feb 2015

AAP Result is Biggest-Ever Victory in an Indian State Election

AAP Result is Biggest-Ever Victory in an Indian State Election

Arvind Kejriwal outside the AAP office in Delhi with Ashish Khetan, Ashutosh and Kumar Vishwas (standing Left to Right)

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AAP 67 +39 +57
BJP+ 3 -29 -57
Cong 0 -8 0
Others 0 -2 0
Awaited 0
Assembly: Change mapped against 2013 Assembly polls
National: Change mapped against 2014 Lok Sabha polls

NEW DELHI:  The Aam Aadmi Party has set a record in India with the election that it swept in the capital. The party, fronted by Arvind Kejriwal, won 67 of 70 seats in Delhi, which is nearly 96 per cent.The only other parties to have touched the 90 per cent mark, in states that have more than 60 seats, are the National Conference and the Congress.

In 1962, Farooq Abdullah’s National Conference won 93 per cent of the seats in Jammu and Kashmir. In 1952, the Congress won a little over 90 per cent of the assembly in Uttar Pradesh.

Arvind Kejriwal will take his oath as Chief Minister of Delhi on Saturday at a large public park. In a radio spot, he has invited everyone in Delhi to attend the oath ceremony.The 46-year-old former taxman says he will also personally invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top union ministers to the ceremony, along with all BJP parliamentarians from Delhi.

Rohini Vijender Gupta BJP
Vishwas Nagar Om Prakash Sharma BJP
Najafgarh Kailash Gahlot AAP
Trilokpuri Raju Dhingan AAP
Seemapuri Rajendra Pal Gautam AAP
Malviya Nagar Somnath Bharti AAP
Kalkaji Avtar Singh Kalkaji AAP
Babarpur Gopal Rai AAP
Rithala Mohinder Goyal AAP
Shalimar Bagh Bandana Kumari AAP
Ballimaran Imran Hussain AAP
Janakpuri Rajesh Rishi AAP
Delhi Cantt Surender Singh AAP
Chhatarpur Kartar Singh Tanwar AAP
Okhla Amanatullah Khan AAP
Shahdara Ram Niwas Goel AAP
Karawal Nagar Kapil Mishra AAP
Mundka Sukhvir Singh AAP
Tri Nagar Jitender Singh Tomar AAP
Patel Nagar Hazari Lal Chauhan AAP
Uttam Nagar Naresh Balyan AAP
New Delhi Arvind Kejriwal AAP
Ambedkar Nagar Ajay Dutt AAP
Kondli Manoj Kumar AAP
Rohtas Nagar Sarita Singh AAP
Nerela Sharad Kumar AAP
Kirari Rituraj Govind AAP
Wazirpur Rajesh Gupta AAP
Moti Nagar Shiv Charan Goel AAP
Dwarka Adarsh Shastri AAP
Jangpura Praveen Kumar AAP
Sangam Vihar Dinesh Mohaniya AAP
Patparganj Manish Sisodia AAP
Seelam Pur MohdIshraque AAP
Chandni Chowk Alka Lamba AAP
Hari Nagar Jagdeep Singh AAP
Bijwasan Col Devinder Sehrawat AAP
R.K. Puram Parmila Tokas AAP
Tughlakabad Sahi Ram AAP
Krishna Nagar S K BaggaAdvocate AAP
Timarpur Pankaj Pushkar AAP
Nangloi Jat Raghuvinder Shokeen AAP
Sadar Bazar Som Dutt AAP
Tilak Nagar Jarnail Singh AAP
Palam Bhavna Gaur AAP
Mehrauli Naresh Yadav AAP
Badarpur Narayan Dutt Sharma AAP
Gandhi Nagar Anil Kumar Bajpai AAP
Bawana Ved Parkash AAP
Shakur Basti Satyendar Jain AAP
Karol Bagh Vishesh Ravi AAP
Vikaspuri Mahinder Yadav AAP
Rajinder Nagar Vijender Garg Vijay AAP
Deoli Prakash AAP
Burari Sanjeev Jha AAP
Sultanpur Majra Sandeep Kumar AAP
Model Town Akhilesh Pati Tripathi AAP
Madipur Girish Soni AAP
Matiala Gulab Singh AAP
Kasturba Nagar Madan Lal AAP
Greater Kailash Saurabh Bharadwaj AAP
Laxmi Nagar Nitin Tyagi AAP
Ghonda Shri Dutt Sharma AAP
Adarsh Nagar Pawan Kumar Sharma AAP
Gokalpur Fateh Singh AAP
Mangol Puri Rakhi Bidlan AAP
Matia Mahal Asim Ahmed Khan AAP
Badli Ajesh Yadav AAP
Mustafabad Jagdish Pradhan BJP
Rajouri Garden Jarnail Singh AAP
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Varanasi: The City of Bharat Ratnas – India

1 jan 2014

Varanasi: The City of Bharat Ratnas

Varanasi: The City of Bharat Ratnas

Varanasi has produced five Bharat Ratnas.

VARANASI:  Varanasi erupted in joy when the announcement of Bharat Ratna being conferred on Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya was made a week ago. One of the oldest cities of India, on the banks of the Ganga, Varanasi is also known as the capital of knowledge, a city that has produced five Bharat Ratnas.
This journey began in 1955 when the award was bestowed on Dr Bhagwan Dass, philosopher and educationist, born in Varanasi in 1869. He is widely known as the founder of Kashi Vidyapeeth, one of the oldest universities in the state. What many do not know is his role in setting up the Benaras Hindu University, with Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, who too would go on to receive the same honour more than 50 years later.

His great grandson, Sameer Kant, says, “He was a visionary, authored several books on education. The Benaras Hindu University library has an entire section in his name.”

Next up on the illustrious list is India’s second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, who coined the iconic ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ slogan.

In 1999, another Benaras boy, sitar exponent Pandit Ravi Shankar was awarded the title. He is credited with taking Hindustani classical music to the world.

Two years later in 2001, another musical genius, Ustad Bismillah Khan got the honour. Though Khan was not born in Varanasi, the shehnai maestro made the narrows lanes of the city his home from a very young age. Nine years after his death, the strains of his Shehnai still continue to resound in the city.

Two other Bharat Ratna awardees, born in South India, were closely associated with the city. Dr S Radhakrishnan who was Vice Chancellor of Benaras Hindu University for nine years, going on to become India’s second President. Bharat Ratna awardee scientist Dr CNR Rao received his Masters in Chemistry from Banaras Hindu University.

The latest to join this list is the University’s founder, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. While he was born about 150 kilometres away from Varanasi, in the city of Allahabad, for the people of the city he is one of their own. His biggest legacy to the city was the establishment of the Banaras Hindu University in 1916, one of the largest in the country. He spearheaded the institution from 1919 to 1939 as its Vice Chancellor. His association with the city continued when he died in the city in 1946.

Girish Chandra Tripathi, the current Vice Chancellor of Benaras Hindu University says the city had always been India’s cultural capital. “All the markers of a society – be it education, science, politics or music, were in ancient Kashi and remain till today, thus preserving its rich legacy.”

A rich legacy which has stood the test of time.

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VR Krishna Iyer, a Legendary Judge, Dies at 100 – India

8   dec  2014

VR Krishna Iyer, a Legendary Judge, Dies at 100

VR Krishna Iyer, a Legendary Judge, Dies at 100

File photo: Justice VR Krishna Iyer (PTI photo)

KOCHI:  Vaidyanathapura Rama Krishna Iyer, a legend in Indian judiciary, died today at a Kochi hospital of multiple organ failure. He was 100. A visionary, many of his judgements on issues like human rights and environment protection were later turned into law by Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:

Born in Palakkad in Kerala, Justice Iyer made the unusual transition from politician to judge – he was a legislator and the law minister in 1957 in Kerala’s first Left government. In 1968, he became a judge in Kerala before being appointed to the Supreme Court in 1973.

Justice Iyer is often referred to as the “‘man who triggered the Emergency.” On June 24, 1975 he refused an unconditional stay on a Allahabad High Court verdict holding then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi guilty of electoral malpractices and invalidating her election. The next day, Indira Gandhi declared Emergency.

Mrs Gandhi had sought suspension of the High Court order that would disqualify her for six years. Justice Iyer’s order allowed Mrs Gandhi to function as Prime Minister, attend the Lok Sabha, but without a right to vote. The order won the judge both massive appreciation and criticism.

But VR Krishna Iyer had many more judgements that he will be remembered for, not least the decision that a victim can appeal in a criminal case. He expanded the scope of the system of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which was started by PN Bhagwati, the then-chief justice of India. His orders like banning routine handcuffing of prisoners and the Shamser Singh case which interpreted the powers of the cabinet vis-a-vis the President, earned him a place among renowned legal scholars such as Earl Warren, former Chief Justice of the US, and Lord Denning.

He was famous not only for his fair judgements but also for his mastery over the English language and how he used it in his judgements. Justice Iyer retired from the Supreme Court in 1980.

Chief Justice of India AS Anand referred to him as the “Bhisma Pithamah” (a great patriarch in the epic Mahabharat) of the Indian judiciary.

And his approach to burning issues prompted eminent jurist Fali S Nariman to say, “when Krishna Iyer speaks, the nation listens”.

Swami or VKR, as he was fondly called, had joined a dharna last year at the age of 99 in Ernakulam. Several political leaders and legal luminaries had honoured and wished him on November 15, his 100th birthday.

He was popular for his sense of humour and authored several books.

Justice Iyer’s wife died 40 years ago, but he often spoke about her as being his strength.

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New Racial Profiling Guidelines Flawed, Misleading: US Sikhs – India

8  dec  2014

New Racial Profiling Guidelines Flawed, Misleading: US Sikhs

New Racial Profiling Guidelines Flawed, Misleading: US Sikhs

The Sikh Coalition secured re-training of TSA personnel after the agency mistreated three turbaned Sikh travellers.

WASHINGTON:  Sikhs Americans have rejected new racial profiling guidelines of the US government alleging that the rules are flawed and misleading.

Although the new guidance explicitly recognises that discriminatory profiling is “unfair” and “ineffective”, and that biased practices “promote mistrust of law enforcement, and perpetuate negative and harmful stereotypes”, it still allows discriminatory profiling by US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), alleged Sikh Coalition, a Sikh rights group.

Both CBP and TSA are components of the US Department of Homeland Security, the largest law enforcement agency in the federal government.

“This guidance is like a used car with new paint. The car looks better, but once you look underneath the hood, you realise it’s unsafe to drive,” said Rajdeep Singh, director of Law and Policy at the Sikh Coalition.

The new guidance also does not apply to state and local law enforcement activities and will not address gaps in trust at the grassroots level between police and the communities they serve, the Sikh Coalition said.

“This is one step forward, 10 steps back. The new guidance recognises that profiling is wrong but then gives CBP a green light to profile ethnic and religious minorities at the border, and continues to give TSA carte blanche authority to profile travellers based on stereotypes,” Mr Singh said.

Since the inception of TSA, the Sikh Coalition has led efforts to promote accountability at the agency, in particular by repeatedly demanding an independent audit of TSA screening practices to prevent discriminatory profiling.

In response to persistent complaints of profiling from turbaned Sikhs at American airports, the Sikh Coalition in April 2012 launched a free smartphone app called FlyRights, which allows travellers of any background to file official complaints with the TSA.

In the last year alone, the Sikh Coalition secured re-training of TSA personnel after the agency mistreated three turbaned Sikh travellers.

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