Hostile environment policy leaving doctors without visas, say NHS officials

Health trusts accuse immigration authorities of putting patient safety at risk by blocking visas

The government’s hostile environment policy towards immigrants is worsening NHS staffing problems as visas are being denied for hundreds of international doctors, health officials have said.

NHS Employers said that since December 400 visas for doctors across the UK had been refused, despite the staffing crisis in hospitals.

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