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vrijdag 13 juli 2018

RCGP: College response to data investigation involving publishers of Emma's Diary

College response to data investigation involving publishers of Emma's Diary
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College 'disappointed' by reports that plans to cut red-tape on GP recruitment have fallen through

"It was encouraging to hear last month that following calls by the College, and many other health organisations, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced that he would lift the cap on Tier 2 visas for non-EU doctors and nurses wanting to work in the NHS. But for general practice, this is just the first hurdle – as we outlined in a letter to Mr Javid in June.

"There is still a swathe of arduous and costly red tape facing GP practices before they are able to employ GPs from outside of the EU – even if they have been trained in the UK. We presented the Home Secretary with the distressing example of a GP coming to the end of his GP training in the UK, but being forced to consider leaving the country, and thus the NHS as, despite receiving job offers, he could not find a GP practice with a licence to sponsor him for the Tier 2 visa necessary for him to stay.

"Workload in general practice is escalating at an alarming rate, both in volume and complexity, but the share of the NHS budget we receive is less than it was a decade ago and GP numbers are actually falling – these arbitrary barriers to increasing the GP workforce make absolutely no sense.

"It is certainly disappointing to read reports that plans for NHS England to act as a 'proxy sponsor' for GP practices, to enable them to hire GPs from overseas – something the College supported – is 'unlikely', and if this is the case, it's imperative that an alternative solution is found swiftly, for the sake of our profession, the sustainability of the wider NHS, and the care we are able to deliver to our patients."

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College treating data investigation involving publishers of Emmas Diary 'very seriously'

"This matter falls within the remit of the Trustee Board of the College, which immediately commissioned an urgent report and legal advice.

"The complex legal issues involved mean that we are unable to comment further at present but we wish to reassure our members that we are treating this issue very seriously and doing everything we can to reach a speedy solution. We will update our members as the situation develops."

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