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Overseas Doctors

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation her Department undertook before introducing changes to visa arrangements for overseas doctors working in the UK; and if she will make a statement. (74161)

The immigration rules for permit free training were amended in July 2005 and the implications were discussed with the British Medical Association (BMA), postgraduate deans and overseas doctors groups.

Departmental officials discussed proposals to amend the regulations further at a meeting in January held by NHS employers which was attended by the Home Office and medical stakeholders, including the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the British International Doctors Association, the BMA and representatives from the national health service.