PIO docs slam UK’s ‘un­fair’ sur­charge

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES GLOBAL -

London: 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 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 to £400 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 state-funded Na­tional Health Ser­vice. The Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Physi­cians of In­dian Ori­gin, the UK’s largest rep­re­sen­ta­tive body for In­dian-ori­gin doc­tors, is lob­by­ing the UK home of­fice for a re­think over the charge.

The UK gov­ern­ment says ex­pects to raise an es­ti­mated £220 mil­lion in ex­tra fund­ing with the dou­bling of the sur­charge with the funds aimed at “sus­tain­ing... the coun­try’s health­care sys­tem”.

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