Indentured servitude or education: lessons from the NHS
Medical education in Brazil has been extended by two years. Previously, it involved four years prior to medical school, and six years at medical school. Graduates are now forced to work for a further two years in public hospitals with a temporary medical license. Brazilian medics are not impressed, viewing it as a way of staffing hospitals on the cheap. The education minister is quoted as saying; ‘We we are bringing a revolutionary experience of medical training that Britain started and other countries have adopted’. The problem is simple. If professional training and certification are not independent of government, reality gets distorted.