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Where are UK trained doctors? The migrant care law and its implications for the NHS–an essay by Julian M Simpson

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2336 (Published 31 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2336

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Re: Where are UK trained doctors? The migrant care law and its implications for the NHS–an essay by Julian M Simpson

Dear Editor,

We write in response to the fascinating article by Julian M. Simpson about the vital role South Asian doctors have played in making UK general practice what it is today, and the ongoing recognition that overseas doctors who choose to come to work in the NHS deserve, and the support they need.

We would like to highlight that the Royal College of General Practitioners is extremely proud to have worked with Dr Simpson to host Migrants Who Made the NHS: South Asian Doctors and British General Practice from the 1940s to the 1980s, an exhibition currently showing at our London headquarters, based on his book, recognising South Asian doctors as architects of our modern NHS. This exhibition is free to the public to view within the ground floor of 30 Euston Square, and will run until December 2018.

It is also one of the reasons why we have written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, calling on him to relax restrictive immigration rules that act as a barrier to GP practices employing doctors from outside of the EEA, and for GPs to be added to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Shortage Occupation List, given that the number of GPs moving to the UK to work is restricted due to the overall cap on migrants.

Yours faithfully

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair, RCGP
Professor Mayur Lakhani, President, RCGP

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 June 2018
Helen J Stokes-Lampard
Chair of Council
Mayur Lakhani
Royal College of General Practitioners
30 Euston Square, NW1 2FB