Responding to comments made today by the home secretary, Sajid Javid, confirming a review of the tier 2 visa cap, BMA council chair, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said:
“We welcome the Home Secretary’s announcement to review Tier 2 visa allocations, further to extensive lobbying from the BMA and other bodies to end arbitrary visa caps which are preventing competent overseas doctors from working in an overstretched NHS with a serious shortage of medical staff.
“It is important that the Home Secretary now acts swiftly with a practical solution, so that the NHS can recruit the several hundreds of available overseas doctors who can start work imminently to ease pressure in a health service under escalating strain.
“The NHS could not survive without the vital contribution of overseas doctors, and it is vital that the government puts the needs of patients first by implementing a flexible immigration policy that allows us to employ the doctors needed to serve the health needs of the nation”
Notes to Editors
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- The BMA, alongside NHS Employers and 12 royal colleges, professional bodies and trade unions, wrote to the Sajid Javid at the beginning of May, asking for the cap to be reviewed, requesting that applications for shortage occupation roles be excluded from the allocation process. Read more about the letter here.