Recent UK immigration changes effecting doctors:
The new immigration rules announced at March, 2006 provides
that those from outside the EU countries will only be eligible to take up NHS
work if the post cannot be filled by an EU citizen.
Panic has set in among thousands of Pakistani, Indian and other Asian doctors
after these new UK immigration rules. Now, doctors from non-EU countries need to hold
work permits to take up job in the National Health Service, UK's official health
service centre. Hundreds of South
Asian doctors - mainly from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh who were once life of
the NHS for a long time as the British government used to rely on them for their
efficiency, but now they are passing tough
time in the United Kingdom as they fear deportation due to new UK immigration
rules. As different media in UK reported;
"We don't need doctors from outside the EU"
Doctors from Pakistan would face a tough time if they return
to their country as they were trained to work in British healthcare rather than
in the Pakistani system.
The same restrictions would apply to newly
qualified doctors from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka who wished to
come to the UK to start training. Here again European Union candidates would
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said “In future international medical graduates who
wish to work or train in the NHS will need a work permit. To obtain a work
permit an employer must show that a genuine vacancy exists, which cannot be
filled with a resident worker.”
So far doctors from outside the EU,
including from Pakistan, were able to take up NHS jobs under what was called
’permit free training’ schemes. Their jobs were considered part of training that
did not require work permits.
From Monday, April 3, employers now need to obtain work permits before
employing these doctors after making a case to prove that no British or EU
doctor can perform the same job. This rule effectively rules out any chance of
employment for non-EU doctors.
The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), with a
membership of over 25,000, protested outside the department of
health. Hundreds of foreign doctors gathered outside
the Downing Street to voice their anger over UK's new immigration
The demonstration was backed by the Joint Council
for the Welfare of Immigrants and the British Association of Physicians of
Indian Origin. Speakers said the changes in immigration rules by the department
of health had been made without any consultation.
Qureshi, a Labour member of the Greater London Assembly, said he feared some
doctors’ positions would now be advertised saying, 'overseas doctors need not
apply'."Doctors [from India] must not come to London nor should they
waste £600 on Plab
is the advise of Dr Shiv Pande, the only Asian to have ever held
an executive post in the British General Medical Council.
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