The human side of immigration policies in the NHS

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ICS Council Member, Dr. Shondipon Laha, looks at the human impact on overseas doctors who staff the NHS, and stresses the importance of a diverse representation on our professional bodies.

The Windrush debacle and the tier 2 visa caps preventing immigrant doctors alleviating pressures in the UK are part of a saga that’s been ongoing for decades. According to the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), there’s evidence suggesting that the GMC treats Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) doctors ‘differently and harshly’. A view reinforced recently by the treatment of Dr. Bawa-Garba.

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