New immigration rules will leave NHS without doctors

Britain limits the number of issued visas to qualified workers from countries outside the European Union. In spite of the protests of experts, Home Office stated that it is "in the national interest". Heads of the branches of the UK National Health Service (NHS) claim that an increasing number of doctors are denied permission to work in the UK, which leads to a deterioration in the healthcare situation, since patients are already forced to wait for a long time. Such statements were made after 100 Indian doctors were denied a visa. These professionals were hired as a long-term scheme that allows doctors from other countries work in more than 30 offices of NHS.

Heads of branches of NHS wrote the Minister of Healthcare, Jeremу Hunt, and Minister of Internal Affairs, Amber Rudd, asking to manage this problem. Jon Rouse, director of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said that he was shocked by such course of events: “At the end of winter, all branches of NHS experienced tremendous difficulties due to a shortage of labour, and we absolutely do not understand how such a decision could be made". He said that all these doctors could work in various areas of the health system, and now these gaps will remain unfilled.

Dannу Mortimer, director of NHS Emploуers, said that about 400 foreign medical workers were denied a visa in December. "This increases the pressure on an already insufficient number of healthcare workers", - he said. It means that one of the 11 places is vacant today. The restriction of issuing visas to qualified personnel affects all specialties, not only medical field. And it means, that the number of employees that NHS can hire depends also on other areas - from the banking sector to information technology. It is interesting that nurses got on the list of scarce professions, that is, they will be given priority in recruiting abroad.

The representative of Home Office stated that this decision was made "in the national interest". She noted, that all people whose applications for visa Tier 2 were rejected, will be able to try again during the next recruitment. She added that there are a number of specialties, including radiology and emergency medical staff, who are also on the list of scarce occupations.

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