Since BDI Resourcing first took the news of the issues facing international doctors obtaining Certificates of Sponsorship to the national press, we have been overwhelmed by the level of support from high level figures and outcomes are starting to look more positive. We have seen media coverage from I-News, The Guardian, The Times, BBC and full TV news feature on Sky News which can be viewed above.
Our cause has also received support from the Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth MP and front bench MPs including Bristol’s Thangam Debbonaire who have raised formal parliamentary questions with home office ministers to encourage them to add all medical specialisms for doctors to the shortage occupation list. Furthermore, we have had the privilege of speaking with and receiving the support of several heads of Royal Colleges, the chair of the BMA council, Chaand Nagpaul, and the head of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer.
The response from everyone that we have taken this issue to has been unanimously and resoundingly positive which we hope shows reassurance to our community of international doctors that this matter certainly doesn’t represent the thoughts of the vast majority of people in the UK who resoundingly support the NHS and it’s UK and international workforce.
Some of you may have already read the recent updates in the Financial Times and The Times reporting that NHS Employers are now calling for all doctors posts to be added to the Shortage Occupation list. Danny Mortimer, Head of NHS Employers, discussed this matter at great length with BDI Resourcing in January and has now commented to the Financial Times that “We are in touch with both government officials and business membership bodies to find a way forward that works for both employers and the government”.
The news comes as we are starting to see some Certificates of Sponsorship being accepted by the Home Office in the February panel and we are hopeful that further announcements from the Home Office will follow on soon. Please keep us updated with the outcomes as you receive them and as always, BDI Resourcing are happy to assist if you need advice or assistance.
Full details on the press coverage can be found in the following articles: