In­dian doc­tors protest UK’s ‘un­fair’ health sur­charge

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

UK-based In­dian doc­tors and health­care pro­fes­sion­als are cam­paign­ing against what they de­scribe as an "un­fair" dou­bling of a health sur­charge im­posed on pro­fes­sion­als from out­side Euro­pean Union (EU) liv­ing and work­ing in Bri­tain.

The "Im­mi­gra­tion Health Sur­charge" was in­tro­duced in April 2015 and from De­cem­ber last year it was hiked from 200 pounds to 400 pounds per year. It is im­posed on any­one in the UK on a work, study or fam­ily visa for longer than six months in or­der to raise ad­di­tional funds for the coun­try's state-funded Na­tional Health Ser­vice (NHS).

The Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Physi­cians of In­dian Ori­gin (BAPIO), the UK's largest rep­re­sen­ta­tive body for In­di­ano­ri­gin doc­tors, is lob­by­ing the UK Home Of­fice for a re­think over the charge, ar­gu­ing that it would have an ad­verse im­pact on their at­tempt to re­cruit more health­care pro­fes­sion­als from In­dia to meet staff short­ages in the NHS.

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