In­dian docs in UK protest dou­bling of sur­charge, say will hurt pa­tient care

The New Indian Express - - 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 state­funded Na­tional Health Ser­vice (NHS). The Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Physi­cians of In­dian Ori­gin (BAPIO) 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. “Clin­i­cians wish­ing to work in the UK are al­ready fac­ing bur­den­some pro­cesses re­lat­ing to reg­u­la­tion and im­mi­gra­tion, and this sur­charge is only go­ing to see UK los­ing out on qual­ity health­care pro­fes­sion­als from non-EU coun­tries,” notes a let­ter from BAPIO pres­i­dent Ramesh Me­hta. “The cur­rent pol­icy ad­versely af­fects the at­trac­tion of work­ing in the NHS and will sab­o­tage our own re­quire­ments of pro­vid­ing qual­ity health ser­vices to our pa­tients. There­fore, in the in­ter­est of pa­tient safety we re­quest that this un­fair health sur­charge for NHS-em­ployed pro­fes­sion­als be re­versed,” the let­ter states.

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