Thousands of NHS doctors apply to be able to work abroad amid contract changes


General Medical Council reveals 3,468 requests for certificate of current professional status in just 10 days following confirmation of new contracts.

Almost 3,500 NHS doctors have started the process of moving abroad to work since ministers decided to impose a new working contract on trainee medics.

The latest General Medical Council (GMC) figures, provided to the Guardian, show that in the 10 days since the contracts were confirmed, doctors have made a total of 3,468 requests to the regulator for a certificate of current professional status (CCPS), the paperwork needed to register and practise medicine outside the UK. The GMC normally gets 20 to 25 requests a day.

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