Letters: Foreign graduates ruling is lesson to authorities

The House of Lords ruling that declared immigration changes for international medical graduates (IMGs) to be unlawful should serve as a lesson to the authorities.

The changes were a political gimmick in response to the looming job crisis resulting from poor workforce planning, job cuts and the MMC fiasco.

Hundreds of families were uprooted, and many left the country with their career hopes dashed and drowning in debt.

Some had to compromise on their training, which is unheard of for British graduates. This second-class treatment meted out to non-EU graduates did little to help the situation. Instead, it created an atmosphere of distrust and uncertainty for IMGs.

What's more, the DoH did not try to negotiate an amicable solution and kept appealing until it could do nothing more.

On the positive side, the fight helped IMGs to demonstrate unity and put up symbolic resistance to unfair and abrupt changes. No one disagreed that the system needed regulation but the way it was done was shameful for a developed country that has always stood for its values.

I now think twice before even medium-term commitments as I may wake up and find that I have been asked to leave the country because the rules have changed.

Dr Kamal Sidhu, High Heaton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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