Responding to data published today by the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) which shows that 1518 doctor roles were refused due to the annual Tier 2 visa cap between December 2017 and March 2018, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:
“These figures further highlight just how concerning it is that we are turning doctors away when the NHS is under such pressure.
“The Tier-2 visa quota has been reached for the fifth month in a row, yet there are still more than 100,000 NHS posts unfilled, with vacancy rates rising.
“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.”
Notes to editors
- The BMA, alongside NHS Employers and 12 royal colleges, professional bodies and trade unions, has written to the new Home Secretary asking for the cap to be reviewed. You can read this letter here.