This petition was submitted during the 2017–2019 Conservative government
Petition Scrap the cap on international doctors being allowed to work in the NHS
We call for the removal of visa restrictions preventing international doctors from working in the UK. Since Dec 2017 over 1500 visa applications from doctors who have secured NHS jobs have been refused. Meanwhile 100s of posts are vacant, waiting times are rising and patient safety is under threat.
Denying doctors who have secured jobs in the NHS from entering the UK does not make sense. Hospitals are wasting money on recruitment and are being forced to cover shifts with locum doctors - if they can find them.
Gaps in rotas mean doctors are juggling large numbers of patients and stress among the profession is rising.
International doctors are ready to work in the NHS. Scrap the cap and let them take up their posts.
This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months