Theresa May expected to lift the visa cap for international doctors within weeks
Reports reveal that Theresa May is expected to lift the cap on doctors from outside the EU within weeks after the NHS filed a number of complaints over the excessive amount of staff shortages. Previously, the Prime Minister blocked plans to relax the visa rules when pleas were made by Amber Rudd, the former Home Secretary. However, May is now preparing to lift the cap to meet the NHS’ needs.
Discussions in Government are at a “fairly developed stage” after Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, and Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, persuaded the Prime Minister to relax the visa restrictions.
Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers, said: “We welcome a government review of the Tier 2 visa system. Many of our employers could not again get certificates of sponsorship for doctors during May. It is now six months since we first started having problems, along with other sectors.” He called for the home office to implement “a speedy, effective solution”.
Javid’s predecessor, Amber Rudd, was criticised for failing to set out a distinctive approach to immigration after succeeding Theresa May in the post. But Javid hinted he was willing to change course on several policies personally championed by the Prime Minister. In addition to loosening restrictions on high-skilled workers, Javid also promised to review the Home Office’s “hostile environment” for migrants, in light of the Windrush scandal.
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