This Writer agrees with Peter Stefanovic: “When you have a desperate shortage of 10,000 doctors & patients dying as they wait to be seen, rejecting more then 2,300 visa applications from doctors cannot simply be stupidity, it can only be a deliberate act of sabotage of our NHS.”

The Financial Times has reported that the figures “highlight the growing strain on Britain’s Tier 2 visa system”, but it seems clear that the restrictions on that system should have been relaxed in order to allow the UK to fill the vacant health positions.

The law firm Eversheds Sutherland obtained figures via a Freedom of Information request, showing that 2,360 applications from doctors from outside the European Economic Area were rejected between November 6 and April 5 of this year, while 1,946 applications from non-EEA IT professionals were also unsuccessful.

While 103 applications were made by pharmacists during the five-month period, not one visa was issued.

The FT says the figures show how the Tier 2 visa system, which allows employers to bring skilled workers from outside the EEA to the UK to fill professional jobs, has been overwhelmed.

In fact it shows the lack of logic behind government thinking.

The Tories are so desperate to reduce immigration that they would rather turn away the skilled workers we need – risking who knows how much injury to NHS patients – than let them in.

Meanwhile, they avoid one easy way to reduce the immigration figures – simply removing from those figures all those who are in the UK for education.

It indicates a certain lack of mental health on the part of government ministers.

And there’s not likely to be any help for them – if they have turned psychiatrists away at the border as well.

Source: Home Office rejects more than 2,300 visa applications for doctors


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