Tuesday, 5 June 2018

RCGP calls for 'common sense' overhaul of visa rules for GPs

RCGP calls for 'common sense' overhaul of visa rules for GPs The Royal College of GPs is calling for Home Secretary Sajid Javid to act rapidly in overhauling immigration rules to allow appropriately-trained doctors to work as UK GPs in the NHS.

In a letter sent to the Home Secretary before the weekend, College Chair Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard outlines the intense resource pressures facing general practice and the barriers preventing the recruitment of overseas GPs - warning that his own Government's target of attracting 5,000 more GPs by 2020 is looking "increasingly difficult to achieve."

She urges Mr Javid to put 'human beings and common sense over policy and process'.

Prof Stokes-Lampard highlights the restrictive policies which are preventing appropriately trained doctors from practising in the UK at a time of severe GP shortages. Royal College of General Practitioners

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