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Visa cap is costing NHS trusts thousands in failed applications

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 12 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2591
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. BMJ

NHS trusts are spending thousands of pounds on recruiting overseas doctors only to have most of their visa applications refused, data obtained by The BMJ show.

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust in the West Midlands made four applications a month for tier 2 visas for doctors recruited from outside the European Economic Area between December 2017 and May 2018, and all 24 of these applications were rejected, data released in response to a freedom of information request show. The trust estimated that it spent £4500 (€5110; $6025) in processing and paying fees for …

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