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Psychiatrist plans to leave NHS if his mother is refused permission to stay in UK

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 11 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6000
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

An experienced consultant child psychiatrist plans to leave the NHS and move to Australia unless the Home Office grants his widowed mother permission to stay in the UK by Christmas.

Nishchint Warikoo, lead child psychiatrist for child and adolescent mental health services in Hampshire, told The BMJ that he felt “hopeless, almost angry, and let down” by the system. “Every day for the last two years my mother anxiously waits to see if there is a letter saying she must leave within four weeks.”

He said he had been battling with the Home Office for years for his mother, Phoola, 71, who was born in India, to be allowed to continue living with him and …

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