SAM president calls on government to look “urgently” at visa issue

Following a report published by the think tank Global Future on the reliance of the NHS on overseas staff, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“This new message from the Global Future think tank has added to the feeling that the government needs to urgently look at the visa issue for doctors currently not on the shortage-occupation list.

“Staffing remains one of the largest challenges facing the NHS and these skilled practitioners not being able to work in the NHS remains a massive issue both for patient care at the front end of medicine but also the financial costs associated with trying to fill gaps with locum or agency staff to keep patients safe and waiting lists down.

“We hope that this submission to Downing Street is listened to and action is forthcoming.”