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BAPIO calls for single visa route for non-EU doctors to boost NHS workforce and prevent brain drain

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2278 (Published 22 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2278
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) wants to see a new visa category for overseas doctors to help tackle the NHS workforce crisis and avoid brain drain.

Figures recently gathered by the Campaign for Science and Engineering showed that over 1500 visa applications from doctors from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) wanting to work in the UK were refused over a four month period.1

A monthly cap on the number of certificates of sponsorship that employers can apply for has meant that many doctors who have been offered jobs in the NHS have been unable to gain the visa they need.

Speaking to the Health Service Journal earlier this month, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said he would raise the prospect of creating a dedicated immigration visa category for health and social care staff with the …

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