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The NHS: The Recruitment Dilemma

The NHS has relied on staff from overseas all its life. Why? Smitha Mundasad asks if Brexit is changing recruitment decisions and what sort of workers the NHS needs.

Since its inception, the National Health Service has always relied on doctors and nurses who have been trained overseas. How does it plan for the workforce it requires? In the second of two programmes exploring today's health service, doctor-turned-journalist Smitha Mundasad, asks why the NHS is currently facing a recruitment crisis on so many fronts. She'll ask what impact Brexit could have. Can pharmacists, physician associates and other health workers do some of the work of doctors, who take longer to train and cost more to employ? And will the NHS start training more of its workforce?

Presenter: Smitha Mundasad
Producer: Rosamund Jones.

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