"Health Secretary Alan Milburn has published plans detailing how the government intends to boost the NHS by drawing on overseas talent. Initially, the aim is to use manpower from continental Europe to staff new top quality private sector facilities that will treat NHS patients, and thus reduce waiting times." - bbc In reaction to this statement: Shadow Health Secretary Dr Liam Fox, for the Tories, roundly criticised the plans. He said: "It is a sign of the of the government's increasing desperation that, having failed to recruit and retain staff in the UK, they are desperately looking overseas to fill the ever increasing gaps in their NHS Plan." The government is trying to retain staff in the UK? ...the home office site: "How do I qualify to come to the United Kingdom for postgraduate training? You must show that: - you are a doctor or dentist; ...... - you plan to leave the United Kingdom when you finish your training." From what I've heard, after finishing the residency, it's hard to get a job there, as a non-UE doctor. If it's a shortage of doctors, why is it so difficult to stay there? How is the UK's govt tryin to retain them?