December 18, 2007

British NRI docs looking back at India

India is now experiencing a reverse brain-drain with its well resourced hospitals with state-of-the-art facilities wooing back a sizable number of NRI doctors, who worked with the National Health Service of Britain for years.

Quoting the director of one of India's leading private hospital chains, The Sunday Times reported that he was receiving five job applications a week from NHS doctors and that half his 3,000 consultants were from Britain.

"There's a feeling that India's time has come and there's a huge need for these people to come back," Anupam Sibal, director of the Apollo hospital in Delhi said.

Doctors say they are moving to India because of its economy, state of the art equipment, higher standards than the NHS and a better quality of life.

There has been a boom in private hospitals in India that resemble luxury hotels, with marble foyers and corridors mopped by an army of liveried cleaners.

One of those who have made the transition is Mahesh Kulkarni, an orthopaedic surgeon, who left Bristol Royal Infirmary after 10 years in Britain. He is now a consultant at the Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital in Pune.

"The hospitals are better than in Britain. They are spotless and clean compared with the old hospitals in the UK, some of which are more than 100 years old," he said.

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