BMA condemns restrictions on non-EU doctors entering UK

By agency reporter
May 3, 2018

The British Medical Association (BMA) has responded to reports that Prime Minister Theresa May has blocked requests to make it easier for Tier 2 doctors to practise in the UK.

BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said: “Given that the government has recognised the importance of a long-term solution to address the current workforce crisis in the NHS, the suggestion that the Prime Minister has blocked requests that would enable overseas doctors to practice in the NHS is deeply concerning.

“At a time when the NHS is under enormous strain and struggling to fill positions, the current visa restrictions and arbitrary caps for non-EU workers entering the UK are inexplicable and threatening patient care and safety. 

“Delivering a more flexible immigration system which enables NHS recruitment is an easy win for the government and will have both long-term and immediate benefits for future prosperity of the NHS.” 



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