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Doctors’ leaders have welcomed the Home Secretary’s announcement that the Tier 2 visa cap will be relaxed for doctors and nurses.

A statement issued by UK Visas and Immigration on June 15 said that more details will be issued in due course, but the move will mean there will be no restriction on the numbers of doctors and nurses who can be employed through the Tier 2 visa route. This will give employers “the ability to recruit more international doctors and nurses to provide outstanding patient care when required.”

RCGP Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: “Lifting the cap of Tier 2 visas for doctors and nurses wanting to work in the NHS would be a fantastic and much-needed victory for common sense and patient care, and something that the College, along with organisations across medicine, has been pushing hard for.

“Recruiting GPs from overseas will not solve the workforce crisis and we are committed to training more GPs in the UK – but it takes at least 10 years to train a GP, and lifting the cap on Tier 2 visas is a very positive step in addressing the workforce pressures facing general practice in the shorter term.”

However she urged the Home Secretary “to cut the arduous red tape and significant costs standing in the way of GP practices obtaining the necessary licence to do this, and to use his powers to add GPs to the Migration Advisory Committee's shortage occupation list.”

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA Council Chair, added: “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.”

The UKVI announcement said that the Tier 2 visa route has had an annual cap of 20,700 since 2011, but there has been a recent increase in the number of applications, which has exceed the monthly allocation of available places. “This has been driven, in large part, by demand from the NHS, which accounts for around 40% of all Tier 2 places.”

The change has been outlined in Immigration Rules laid before Parliament.

Links:
UK Visas and Immigration announcement         
RCGP response             
BMA comment              

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