Immigration rules hit potential GP registrarsLabour promises power to all GPsReview body report 1996Who will give medical advice?BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7028.448 (Published 17 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:448
- Linda Beecham
Immigration rules hit potential GP registrars
Overseas doctors from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to train in general practice in Britain may face immigration restrictions, which may lead to their being unable to complete their training. Overseas doctors working as general practice registrars must hold training and work experience scheme work permits, and a condition of these is that the holder must leave Britain at the end of the agreed period. A transfer to ordinary employment in Britain is not allowed. The permits have to be applied for by the potential employer—that is, the trainer—through the Department for Education and Employment.
Family health services authorities are prohibited from reimbursing the salary of any general practice registrar who is unable to continue to practise in Britain. Any overseas nationals wanting to work as registrars should, therefore, have an alternative source of funding for their salaries and related costs, such as their own government.
The position is different for overseas doctors from outside the EEA who do their postgraduate training in hospitals. They should …