"There is likely to be tough competition for junior doctor posts this year after a bid to give UK-trained medics priority in applying for jobs failed."
A Department of Health spokesman said: "We are disappointed that the Lords have ruled that our guidance as it stood was unlawful.
Ministers in England wanted overseas doctors to be appointed only if suitable UK medics were not available.
It would have meant that the thousands of overseas doctors who came to work in the NHS in recent years to plug gaps in the service would have been penalised.
But the restrictions were ruled unlawful by the House of Lords."
"A Department of Health spokesman said: "We are disappointed that the Lords have ruled that our guidance as it stood was unlawful."
"But Dr Terry John, chairman of the British Medical Association's international committee, said: "It's right that we have a debate about the numbers of doctors coming to the UK in future, but it's completely wrong to scapegoat those already here."
Just one question:
How was the government able to amend the law to stop free accommodation for young doctors, but can not do the same to give them priority?!
Australia, here they come ... Our brightest and best! :-(
“For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.”