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Scrap the Cap: Elective care is being affected, says workforce leader

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2372 (Published 30 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2372

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

NHS Employers has lent its support to The BMJ’s campaign to end visa restrictions that are preventing doctors and other healthcare staff from outside the European Economic Area taking up posts in the NHS.

In an interview with The BMJ, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, the voice of employers across the NHS, warned that the restrictions were exacerbating staff shortages, pushing up spending on locum doctors, and making it hard for trusts to maintain services.

“The fairly consistent thing we are being told [by trusts] is that it’s generating more use of agency and locum staff,” he …

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