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Home Office drops legal bid to have GP trainee deported

BMA welcomes the Home Office's decision to drop their legal bid to deport Singapore-born GP trainee Dr Luke Ong.

Dr Ong had been studying and training to be a GP in the UK for 10 years, and was three weeks too late applying to renew his visa because no appointments had been available before his expired. 

BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul wrote to the home secretary about this case, highlighting the shortages of GPs in England and that ‘any immigration system must be flexible and practical in its approach to hiring doctors born overseas if we are ever to solve the NHS workforce crisis’, and we welcome this change in position.

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