Responding to a report of immigration rules hampering the ability of the NHS to recruit doctors, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“NHS organisations have been unable to obtain the required permits for months for essential medical colleagues, and we have called on the government to urgently address this serious problem.
“We are aware of at least 400 doctors who haven’t been able to enter the country to take up posts. This prolonged inability to recruit non-EEA talent hits us particularly hard – and therefore hits patients hard too. We are also aware that our overall demand for visas within the present Tier 2 system is adversely impacting on other parts of the economy.
“We have proposed removing shortage occupation list roles from the cap but await a response from the government.”