An e-mail from a opthamologist pal:
Why is the UK importing all these foreign doctors?
One answer is because many of the good ones left when the powers that be decided that nationalized government-run medical care was the way to go.
I’ll give you 2 examples from one specialty, ophthalmology:
S___ was the son and grandson of family physicians in the north of England. When the UK opted for socialized medicine, Stuart decided it was a bad move, so he moved, eventually winding up in Orange County, CA. S____ is the inventor of [a key advance in eye care] and co-founder of [a major company]. The device that allows the recipient thereof to see objects at far, intermediate and near distances. It is under the control of the ciliary muscle in the eye, and mimics the function of the natural lens before birthdays get a hold of it and the arms become too short. It’s a remarkable lens, manufactured right there in Aliso Viejo.
But do you think a Brit can get one of these intraocular marvels? Not likely. He can come here to receive it and pay cash, but if he wants surgery done in the UK, he must sign up, wait for a very long time, then have a German ophthalmic surgeon who flies into England do his surgery since there’s such a shortage of English ophthalmologist. This situation is dripping with irony!
To understand the current situation, you have to turn the clock back 40 years and realize that we are now seeing one of the natural results of lousy policy.