Doctors: Migrant Workers

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions (a) she or (b) Officials of her Department have had with (i) other Government departments and (ii) the Migration Advisory Committee on including doctors on the Shortage Occupation List; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Shortage Occupation List is based on advice from the independent Migration Advisory Committee and is kept under regular review, with the most recent changes made to it last April, reflecting the latest advice and evidence from the Committee.

The MAC has determined that a number of doctors, including consultants specialising in clinical radiology and emergency medicine, are in national shortage and already appear on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). This ensures that applications for these posts receive the highest priority – and the highest number of points – when allocating a Tier 2 (General) place.

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