Responding to the announcement from the Home Office that doctors and nurses are to be exempt from the Tier-2 visa cap1, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA Council Chair, said:
“It will be a relief to patients and staff across the NHS that common sense has finally prevailed and the Tier-2 visa restrictions on non-EU doctors and nurses are to be lifted. This represents a victory for the BMA, medical bodies and patients who have argued that this obstructive cap was doing real damage to patient services across the country.
“Together with NHS Employers and the Medical Royal Colleges, we wrote to the new Home Secretary during his first week in post2 to ask that he make it one of his first priorities to address this issue, and he has finally heeded our calls.
“These regulations have prevented thousands of non-EU doctors being allowed to work in the UK to fill empty posts that the health service is unable to fill. The NHS has always relied on these highly-skilled, experienced overseas doctors to provide frontline care to patients, and they are needed more than ever at a time when the NHS is under mounting pressure from rising demand, stagnating funding and staff shortages.
“We await the full details in the Immigration Rules, which will be laid before Parliament tomorrow.”
Notes to Editors
The BMA is a trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.
1. For full details please contact the Home Office.
2. Read the full letter here.