Ministers urged by Labour to allow NHS to bring in foreign doctors

Full story at The Guardian 2 May 2018

Labour has moved to exploit a cabinet split over foreign doctors being refused visas to work in Britain by urging ministers to remove all health professionals from the cap on skilled workers in order to tackle the NHS’s growing staffing crisis.

The move comes after reports that Theresa May rejected calls by senior ministers to relax the rules on migration, which would enable more overseas doctors to move to the UK to alleviate the NHS’s worsening staff shortages.

Jon Ashworth, Labour’s shadow health secretary, is demanding that doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff should start being treated separately from the other types of foreign skilled workers covered by the cap, so that more of them can come to the UK.