Visa changes could lead to hundreds of doctors leaving the NHS, warns BMA

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 19 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1008
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

Proposed changes to visa rules could lead to hundreds of UK trained doctors leaving the NHS each year, the BMA has warned.

In a letter to the Home Office Mark Porter, chair of the BMA, said that recommendations for changes to visa rules made by the Migrations Advisory Committee could harm the medical workforce.1 In the letter to immigration minister James Brokenshire, Porter asked whether the Home Office would consider giving specific exemptions for the NHS.2

The BMA said that it was worried that UK trained international doctors, of which there are around …

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