Notes to editors
1. For further information or interviews, please contact The King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585 or 07831 554927.
2. London Calling? The international recruitment of health workers to the capital, by James Buchan, Renu Jobanputra and Pippa Gough, is free to download from Thursday, 15 July 2004.
3. Key NHS workforce facts:
- In 2003, more than two-thirds of the 15,000 new full registrants on the General Medical Council register were from abroad
- In 2002/03, 43 per cent of new nurse registrants in the UK were from abroad. More than 27,000 work permits were issued to nurses in 2003 compared with 14,000 in 2000
- In 2003, the annual survey of Royal College of Nursing members found that 14 per cent of nurses based in London had qualified outside the UK – compared with just four per cent in the UK as a whole
- One in three of the 71,000 hospital medical staff working in the NHS in England in 2002 had obtained their primary medical qualification in another country, according to the Department of Health
- In April 2003, 54 per cent of the 849 refugee doctors on the British Medical Association and Refugee Council database of refugee doctors were based in London.
4. London Calling? The international recruitment of health workers is the latest report to come out of the King's Fund's NHS workforce programme, which seeks to develop effective practice and transfer lessons learned in London to elsewhere in England. It is run in partnership with SHRINE - London's network of HR managers; the workforce arms of London's five strategic health authorities; and the Queen Margaret's University College Edinburgh. The programme's first report, In Capital Health? Creative Solutions to London's NHS workforce challenges, by James Buchan, Belinda Finlayson and Pippa Gough, was published by The King's Fund in July 2003.
5. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.