Back to Pakistan
New rules mean many international medical graduates from Pakistan in training in the UK will have to return home. Amin Muhammad Gadit finds out what they can expect
Recent changes in the UK visa rules for doctors have created havoc among many aspiring international medical graduates (IMGs), who are now faced with a serious dilemma regarding their postgraduate career path. Many of these doctors come from developing countries and are going to suffer because competition is now tough for getting into training rotational posts. They are left with almost no choice but to go back to their country of origin or seek alternative employment elsewhere. Many of these doctors are from Pakistan.
Currently Pakistan produces a large number of doctors, through the many private medical schools throughout the country. Karachi, Pakistan's largest and most densely populated city, has nine medical schools-three in the public sector and six in the private sector. These produce about 1400 new medical graduates every year. But the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan, based in Karachi and the only certifying body for