General Practitioners: Migrant Workers

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th February 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medical practitioners have been refused a Tier 2 (General) Certificate of Sponsorship since November 2017 due to the annual cap of 20,700; and what assessment he has made of the effect of those refusals on (a) levels of patient facing activity and (b) locum costs.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department does not hold information on the number of medical practitioners refused a Tier 2 (General) Certificate of Sponsorship centrally.

The Department continues to monitor and analyse overall staffing levels across the National Health Service and adult social care, in addition to trust spending on agency staff. We work across Government to ensure there will continue to be sufficient staff to deliver safe, high quality, efficient services on which patients rely.

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