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Britain to Review Recruitment of Health Service Staff After Doctors Stage Attacks

04 July 2007

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has ordered a review of the recruitment process of foreigners to the country's health service after the arrest of a number of doctors following last week's bomb attacks.

Mr. Brown told parliament authorities will also expand background checks on immigrants entering the country to fill skilled jobs.

All eight suspects detained following car bombing attempts in London and Glasgow last week had ties to Britain's National Health Service. Six of the suspects are in custody in London's Paddington Green police station. A seventh, Khalid Ahmed, is in a Scottish hospital being treated for severe burns suffered in the attempt to crash a jeep into the Glasgow airport terminal.

The eighth suspect, an Indian national named Muhammed Haneef, was arrested Monday in Australia as he tried to leave the country.

His family has told reporters he was trying to fly home to India to be with his wife and newborn child.

British authorities say he once worked at the same British hospital where another suspect worked.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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