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Visa change means increased opportunities for foreign doctors and nurses in the UK

by Ray Clancy on June 18, 2018

Qualified doctors and nurses from outside the European Union will find it easier to get a job in the UK after the Government announced more visas will be made available.

The country has a shortage of doctors and nurses, but until now applicants from outside of the EU were limited by a cap on skilled worker visas to 20,700 per year.

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Now more visas for medical professionals are to be made available as doctors and nurses will be excluded from the cap and the exact number of visas will be determined by demand from the National Health Service (NHS).

The move has been welcomed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Association (BMA). RCGP chairwoman professor Helen Stokes-Lampard called it a ‘much needed victory for common sense and patient care. The organisation has been lobbying Home Secretary Sajid Javid to relax the rules for foreign medics. [click to continue…]

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