Aussie sun luring British docs

In fact the annual growth rate for trainees from that part of the world is, at 16%, double that of all trainees seen from 2009 to 2013, according to researchers from Geelong Hospital and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

Although “the antipodes has been a time-honoured destination” for ED trainees, it now seems the influx is in danger of causing a deficit of consultants back home.

UK and Irish doctors together represent one-quarter of all emergency trainees in Australasia and data suggests these doctors are now emigrating “for the long-term” rather than returning to the National Health Service (NHS).

Analysis of trends in ED registrars shows the proportion of new trainees from the UK/Ireland has doubled, from 22% in 2009 to 41% in 2013, researchers found.

Disillusionment with the NHS may be a factor. In Australia, trainees enjoy a 38-hour working week, guaranteed teaching time and adequate