Responding to reports that doctors at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust have been warned that if they choose to strike, their visas could be at risk, Dr Latifa Patel, BMA representative body chair and workforce lead, said:
"We are deeply concerned by the impact of this communication which will unnecessarily instil fear and doubt in the minds of junior doctors with visas over their legal right to take strike action. We, the BMA, are clear that we will not take any form of industrial action that will impact the legal status of a doctor’s visa – either future or present. We urge the Trust to do everything possible to reassure junior doctors that this is absolutely not true. We will fully support any eligible member subjected to detriment as a result of supporting this strike action and we encourage any doctor who is concerned about this or any other issue to contact the BMA for support. To employers - we remind you of your responsibility to act professionally - we have zero tolerance for bullying and harassment."
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