Immigration laws could deny UK doctors, BMA warns

The BMA has written to health secretary Alan Johnson in a bid to prevent the UK losing out on doctors because of recent changes to immigration laws.

Dr Hamish Meldrum
Dr Hamish Meldrum

The changes prevent international medical students from continuing with their medical studies beyond the two-year postgraduate foundation programme.

Doctors applying to the Tier 1 immigration category now need the minimum of a master’s degree to be accepted, and doctors may not qualify because a medical degree is classed as a bachelor’s degree.

GP newspaper revealed last year that changes to immigration laws could make it harder for doctors to enter the UK with a job to go to than without one.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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