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Government is urged to scrap visa cap for all foreign doctors after Brexit

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 18 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3961
  1. Gareth Iacobucci,
  2. Matthew Limb
  1. The BMJ

Visa restrictions that prevent foreign doctors taking up their posts in the NHS should be abolished permanently after Brexit, the government’s Migration Advisory Committee has recommended.

Currently, doctors from the European Economic Area are allowed to work in the UK without any restrictions, but those from outside the EEA need a “tier 2” visa. A cap on the number of tier 2 visas issued to doctors and nurses from outside the EEA who had been offered posts in the NHS was lifted in July after pressure from, among others, The BMJ’s Scrap the Cap campaign (

In its final report to the government on immigration from the EEA and how the UK’s post-Brexit work immigration system should work, the committee said that after Brexit the cap should be …

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