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Scrap the Cap: BMJ calls for end to cap on non-EEA doctors being allowed to work in NHS

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 30 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2362

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

This week The BMJ launches its Scrap the Cap campaign calling for review of immigration policies so that doctors from overseas who have been offered jobs in the NHS can take up their posts.

More than 1500 visa applications from doctors with job offers in the UK were refused between December 2017 and March 2018 as a result of the Home Office’s cap on the number of tier 2 visas it issues to workers from outside the European Economic Area.1 It is anticipated that the limit on the number of tier 2 visas allocated each month will be reached for the sixth month in a row in May.

The result is hundreds of NHS posts remaining unfilled, putting extra pressure on overstretched staff and threatening the care of patients.

The BMJ’s campaign launches with a petition to parliament ( aimed at demonstrating the strength of feeling against government red …

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