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    Scotland to expand international recruitment for doctors and nurses

    Friday, 22 June 2018 16:07
  • GP trainee round 1 recruitment increases 10%

    GP trainee round 1 recruitment increases 10%

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Doctors’ representatives have described reports that the Prime Minister rejected calls to relax tier 2 visa rules for overseas doctors as “deeply concerning”.

Media reports at the start of the week indicated that the Prime Minister vetoed Cabinet pleas to relax visa quotas to help fill empty NHS posts. 

The British Medical Association 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.”

Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, has written to the PM to express concern. In her letter, Prof Dacre asks for “clarification of the reasoning behind this decision, particularly given the need for more doctors to ensure safe staffing levels for patient care.”

The RCP president has also recommended expanding the Medical Training Initiative (MTI) and giving consideration to the development of a scheme like the MTI for junior doctors from non-priority countries where the RCP has strong links, including Australia and Singapore. 

She has also asked the government to seek to establish a scheme to attract students from particular countries to study medicine on a tier 4 student visa in the UK.

Links:
BMA statement            
RCP statement 

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