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Overseas Doctors

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations have been held with the Community Relations Council on the implications of the new immigration rules for the employment of Commonwealth doctors, with particular reference to those from Pakistan and India. (65031)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation process was undertaken on the requirement for work permits for trainee doctors from overseas before the new regulations came into force; who was consulted; and what the duration of the consultation period was. (74602)

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 British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, British International Doctors Association, the BMA and representatives from the national health service.