PHYSIO CAN STAY IN UK U-turn af­ter daft rule ex­posed

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Mar­tyn Halle

A Much-needed phys­io­ther­a­pist is set to be saved from de­por­ta­tion af­ter his story was told in the Sun­day Peo­ple.

Two days af­ter our re­port re­veal­ing that Dover’s only physio Satheesh Gounder would be sent back to In­dia, Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid with­drew the threat.

Mr Gounder’s lo­cal MP, Tory Char­lie El­ph­icke, said: “The Sun­day Peo­ple de­serves real credit for back­ing our com­mu­nity’s cam­paign.”

Mar­ried Mr Gounder, 35, was forced to close his in-de­mand two-year-old busi­ness in May be­cause he could not find an as­sis­tant physio – a re­quire­ment of re­new­ing his work visa.

Yet Bri­tain is suf­fer­ing a short­age of 5,000 NHS and pri­vate phys­ios, mak­ing find­ing one ex­tremely dif­fi­cult.

Mr Gounder, who put £50,000 into his Kent prac­tice, is fac­ing home­less­ness, with lit­tle of his sav­ings left. Yet he still treats the part-paralysed wife of a Bri­tish sol­dier for free twice a week.

In his let­ter to Mr El­ph­icke, Mr Javid said he is fully re­view­ing this case and sup­port­ing Mr Gounder in mak­ing a new ap­pli­ca­tion, which he hopes will suc­ceed.

Yet for weeks Mr Javid had al­legedly ig­nored the MP’S queries about Mr Gounder.

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