A Historical Look at Indian Healthcare Professionals in the NHS

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Balmukund Bhala
Aruna Bhala
Neeraj Bhala

Abstract

Doctors and nurses from the Indian subcontinent have been working in the UK healthcare sector for over a 100 years. Initially only open to Europeans, Indians were allowed to enter the Indian Medical Service (IMS) in 1855, although the requisite was that they had to sit exams based in London and had to be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). At the time there were many schools training Indian doctors, but only as licentiates. In relation to medical education, through pressure applied by the IMS, indigenous courses for the training of Indian doctors were abolished and several medical colleges, modelled along western pedagogic styles, were established. The staff of all these colleges were appointed from the IMS and their methods of instruction were virtually indistinguishable from those practised in England and Scotland. Indian degrees were recognised in 1892 by the GMC and this recognition persisted until 1975, with a short interlude in the mid-1930s when there was a dispute between the GMC and the Government of India about the quality of Indian medical education. 1

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Bhala, B., Bhala, A., & Bhala, N. (2020). A Historical Look at Indian Healthcare Professionals in the NHS. Sushruta Journal of Health Policy & Opinion, 12(1), 19-21. https://doi.org/10.38192/12.1.10
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Ethnicity & Diaspora
Author Biographies

Balmukund Bhala, Wellingborough General Hospital, UK

Consultant Anaesthestist

Aruna Bhala, Northampton General Hospital, UK

Community Paediatrician

Neeraj Bhala, University Hospitals Birmingham, UK

Consultant Gastroenterologist

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