Easing of visa rules for doctors is temporary, says Sajid Javid

NHS groups alarmed at possible U-turn over medical staff’s exemption from migrant cap

The government’s decision to allow many more overseas doctors and nurses to work in the NHS was only “temporary”, Sajid Javid has said, in a surprise move that has prompted concern that tough restrictions on numbers may be reimposed.

The home secretary hinted at a possible U-turn on the relaxation of strict limits on medical staff allowed to come to Britain in a letter to the government’s advisers on immigration. Instead they could once again be included in the annual cap on the number of highly skilled migrant workers given work visas.

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