Medics "London dream" poses threat to Calcutta hospitals
When Calcutta is making headlines for being a center of organ transplantation, another news that is going to be a big blow to the health sector is the sudden exodus of junior doctors and specialists to London.
Recently, the United Kingdom's health authorities have lifted the cap on appointing healthcare professionals from India. Resultantly, in the last four months, many entry-level physicians and specialist doctors have resigned from several city hospitals.
Reportedly, the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin along with some other healthcare groups in the UK have appealed that if the cap of recruiting only 20,700 doctors annually from India is done away with, then UK can appoint qualified doctors from the country to fill up the shortage in the state-funded National Health Service (NHS).
A quick survey through the city hospitals shows that the Peerless Hospital & B.K.Roy Research Center in south Calcutta has seen 10 of their medics resign in the last few months. While few of them are freshers, the others are middle-level doctors. The CEO of the hospital has expressed his concern over the present situation. According to him, filling up the gaps will not be easy as the doctors would now not be readily available with the UK removing the cap. Under such circumstances, the quality of treatment would suffer, he rues.
The situation in Belle Vue Clinic is no different. There, critical care registers have left. Both Ruby General Hospital and Fortis Hospitals have lost one each of their doctors.
While many of the hospitals are yet to feel the heat of this lifting up of the cap by the UK, it is true that this would lure many young professionals who look for opportunities for higher study and lucrative job offers abroad.
One of the officials at one of the Super Speciality hospital has also said that Calcutta would be adversely affected by the uplifting of the cap, as people will now find more alternatives to shift out of the state. He explains that the work atmosphere in Calcutta has gone for a toss for the last few years. The news of junior doctors being roughened up by the patient's family has gone up alarmingly. While the junior doctors act as the intermediary between the patient and the senior doctor, it is they who have to bear the brunt whenever a patient dies. They have no security. Hence this particular age group would want to leave for better opportunities. And now London is promising to fulfill their dreams.