Spotlight on: Welcome to Britian
1 May has come and gone. The United Kingdom is one of only two European Union member states which have no restrictions on citizens of accession states wanting to migrate. But is the United Kingdom prepared to welcome the new doctors? Peter Cross investigates
Tomazs Krzywddzinski has wanted to work in the United Kingdom for as long as he can remember. “I like British culture. The Polish healthcare system is crazy. I want to work in the United Kingdom for 10 years at least, maybe 20.” With this in mind, he funded himself through medical school in Krakow, Poland. His primary medical qualification is from Jagiellonian University, a medical school recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO). He completed a 13 month preregistration house officer job and speaks and writes good English. And he thought his luck had changed when Poland, along with nine other accession countries, joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. He was expecting to register with the General Medical Council (GMC) and apply for a job.
But 1 May has come and gone. Tomazs Krzywddzinski and hundreds of doctors like him have not been able to register with the