The statistical claim that there are 1,548 Malaysian doctors currently practicing in United Kingdom is dubious, according to Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam.
He said it was possible that there was a large number of Malaysian doctors in the UK before due to history-related factors, but the number might have been reduced over the years.
Dr Subramaniam said the statistics reported by a UK local Daily Mail also did not show the age range of the doctors and that they probably comprised aging doctors who had been residing in the UK for years.
According to history, he said many Malaysians had studied medicine in the UK due to the fact that Universiti Malaya graduates were recognised by the General Medical Council.
"Most of them worked there (upon graduation) and had continued their studies to be specialists in certain fields, hence prolonged their stay," he said.